Many of the MotoGP riders in Assen were there, certainly more than usual. Francesco Bagnaia was the winner. He was first at the start and held that position until the end. This was his third win in 2022. After the mistakes at Le Mans, Sachsenring and Montmelo, Bagnaia admitted that he was afraid of falling.
"My primary goal was to get my bike to the finish line today. I tried to make a gap between Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartaro, but I stopped pushing when they crashed. Marco began to recover me so I had to push harder again. Bagnaia admitted that Marco had again beaten me down, so it was difficult to relax. Marco is Marco Bezzecchi. He was a rookie in this category and, along with another Ducati, graduated to a track which used to choke the Italian motorcycle, though the subjects of the past don't usually apply to the MotoGP.
Like Bagnaia's pupil Valentino Rossi was, Bezzecchi did not slow down. This allowed him to make a big impression on his followers and to not let the leader of his factory relax. Bagnaia regrouped on the path to victory, Bezzecchi found the podium in queen class, and Maverick vinales made his debut in a box alongside Aprilia. After beating Jack Miller (who he made a mistake that cost him air), the third protagonist showed the same aggressiveness and good start as Jorge Martin.
It was hard, but it was enjoyable. We came from the Sachsenring where we believed we could compete for the podium. However, we maintained that momentum and motivation. Although we knew that we could be at the front, I didn't expect to win so many positions in the first few laps. Vinales was satisfied and said, "I can only thank Aprilia because it is working fantastic for me."
It was a dumb mistake, as it made no sense to risk at that stage of the race. But it's something I have learned from. Pecco (Bagnaia), Aleix, and I made a great start. I tried to keep them close but I braked too late and hard. My mistake, I "accepted Fabio Quartararo, the World Cup leader, as my apology. The Frenchman was trying to react to Bagnaia's solid start and Aleix Espargaro's forceful pace. He attempted to overtake the Spaniard on the fifth lap, but it proved too late and he took the Aprilia. This was the crucial moment of the race. Because Espargaro allowed Espargaro access to the jar of essences.
He began to dominate his competitors from 15th, and he was focused on his fast pace. In that kind of exhibition that Marc Marquez could only dream of, he overtook them as though they were riding smaller displacement bikes. It was a beautiful display of madness that saw him reach the fourth place. There were thrilling moments like the second consecutive overtakings on lap 16 by Johann Zarco (third overall), and Joan Mir to climb up to eighth. The most important thing was the double pass at the last chicane on the last lap to Jack Miller and Brad Binder, who are always laughing.
It is true that I had a great time. I made great progress and had a very impressive bike. My bike today was from another league. It was a shame because I could win today, and I don’t have many victories that I can throw away," Espargaro said with anger and satisfaction. Quartararo is 21 points behind.
"I thought, "You have lost the race. Today is an opportunity. Fabio fails very few occasions." He knew that today was the day he would fail, and he needed to capitalize on it. Espargaro explained that he had been eighth or ninth in the race and saw it was raining. Espargaro exhibited the spirit of a pilot who excelled in the cathedrals of speed and was vindicated.