Assen (Netherlands): Rank-outsider Jack Miller won a chaotic and rain-disrupted Assen MotoGP yesterday that saw second-placed Marc Marquez consolidate his lead atop the championship standings after his rivals suffered in the wet. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi crashed out.
The 21-year-old Australian Miller, riding a Honda Marc VDS, finished ahead of Marquez (Honda) and Briton Scott Redding (Ducati Pramac) for his maiden victory in the elite motorcycling category. The race started in overcast conditions, but heavy rain followed and with 12 laps to go the race was red-flagged.
At the time Italians Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Pramac) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) were leading. The restart after the torrential downpour eased off saw a raft of riders, including the former podium sitters, crash out in the tricky conditions.
Honda Marc VDS rider Jack Miller during the Dutch GP in Montmelo, Spain yesterday. Pic/PTI
"A lot of people... said this project wasn't going to work and I just hope I've shown them wrong and that I can ride a bike," said Miller, who was listed at 750/1 before the race.
Marquez extended his lead over Spanish compatriot Jorge Lorenzo to 24 points.