Valentino Rossi secured a sensational victory for Movistar Yamaha at the end of a dramatic 2017 Dutch Grand Prix weekend at the TT Circuit Assen, snatching first place from Danilo Petrucci by 0.063s.
Rossi just held off his countryman Danilo Petrucci as rain drops fell in the final third of the race. Petrucci fought back, but lost time finding a way past lapped riders and fell just 0.063s of beating his compatriot at the flag. Behind them Marc Marquez narrowly beat Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso in a thrilling last-lap battle for third. Marquez grabbed the final podium spot by just 0.042s from Crutchlow, who in turn beat Dovizioso to the line by only 0.084s.
“I’m so happy, and for different reasons, because it’s a very important victory for the championship, but especially the feeling of coming back to the number one spot after one year is fantastic,” Valentino Rossi says.
Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales crashed out while battling for fifth. Vinales lost the points lead to Dovizioso, who finished fifth at 2017 Assen MotoGP. Today’s results see Rossi move up to third place in the championship standings with a 108-point total. He is now three points behind his teammate Viñales in second place.