Miller was able to take advantage of the madness ahead in the second start, which saw heavyweights in the forms of Dovizioso and Rossi make shock departures in consecutive laps, as cold tyres wreaked havoc in the slippery conditions.
Dovizioso started on pole for the restart, followed by Petrucci and Rossi but the lead immediately changed as Dovizioso rolled through the gravel, ending his race and victory hopes.
Two-time world champion Marc Marquez assumed the lead when Rossi crashed out, but Miller, whose best previous finish was his10th place in Barcelona three weeks before, soon passed the series leader. On the final lap he made an incredible move through Hoge Heide and the Ramshoek, moving up from fifth to lead into the chicane, but Bagnaia timed his move to perfection, carrying enough speed through the final chicane for a photo finish win by just 0.018s.
Marc Marquez finished second to stretch his lead atop the world championship standings. This marked the first time in ten years that a non-factory bike has won a MotoGP class race, and Miller was also the first Australian race victor since since Casey Stoner’s victory in Phillip Island in 2012.
In terms of the championship, the big victor despite finishing second overall during the frenzied episode was Márquez, now possessing a 24 point lead over Jorge Lorenzo, who salvaged tenth in an appalling race.
“We could’ve gained some important points, especially on Lorenzo but also against Marquez”.
The 21-year-old confirmed before the race that he has been retained by his team for 2017 and showed precisely why they put their faith in him, crossing the line nearly two seconds ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez.
After coming off his bike at the top of the circuit and with the threat of starting from the back of the grid if he did not complete a lap, the Spaniard was forced to improvise a method of quickly getting back to the pits to jump on a replacement bike.
I used this short break to rest a bit and now I’m ready for the next race.
“The reason why we crashed and the reason why too many riders crashed was the front tyre didn’t work”.
“We were lucky today with the rain”. Third place was taken by Redding, after a close battle with Pol Espargaro who took fourth.
The Ducati rider said that he and his team’s main objective for the race day at the Assen GP was just to “finish the race” and he was disappointed saying, “We didn’t manage it”.
“The other riders with a different kind of style, when they don’t have front grip, they suffer less than me”, he said. It will be the first time we race in Assen on a Sunday and we aim to make it another memorable weekend.
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