Assen MotoGP: Marquez takes victory in the wet

Published: 25 June 2011

125GP champion Marc Marquez has taken victory in the wet Moto2 race at Assen today to take his second victory in the class.

Simone Corsi took the lead early on, with Bradley Smith close behind in second. It only took a couple of laps for Smith to make his move and take the lead. Corsi was unable to keep pace with the leaders and dropped down the order to eventually finish 14th.

Smith couldn't gap the following riders and soon Marquez, Kenan Sofuoglu, Yuki Takahashi and team-mate Mike di Meglio were on his tail, all pushing for a way past.

Di Meglio's race was soon over as he lost the rear and was unable to rejoin. Marquez, Sofuoglu and Smith swapped places countless times during the race, all pushing for the victory, but in the end Marquez was able to get past Smith and eventually gap the following riders.

Moriwaki rider Takahashi was on course for second place and maybe even the victory, following close behind Marquez when he high-sided with only a few laps remaining.

Smith then ran wide, enabling Sofuoglu to take second place, which he held to the finish line.

Brit Scott Redding had a very disappointing race, finishing 24th, even getting lapped by Marquez on the final lap.

Championship leader Stefan Bradl also had a disappointing race. The German was languishing down in 13th when he crashed out at the final chicane, to record his first DNF of 2011.

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