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Marquez extends lead with Honda win in Dutch TT

By Robert Jones

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won the Dutch TT from pole position for Honda yesterday to stretch his championship lead to 41 points.

Three Spanish riders filled the podium, with Suzuki's Alex Rins second and Yamaha's Maverick Vinales third.

Marquez now has 140 points after his fourth win of the season to 99 for Yamaha's Italian Valentino Rossi, who finished fifth, and Vinales on 93.

Only 4.462 seconds separated Marquez from seventh placed finisher Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the previous two grands prix for Ducati, in a hotly-contested 26-lap race at the Assen circuit.

"I knew it would be difficult to get away in the race," said Marquez, who was 2.269 seconds ahead of Rins for his fourth win of the season. "It was a crazy race especially in the straight with lots of wind. Everybody had contact with everybody."

MotoGP: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 41mins 13.863secs, 2 Alex Rins (Spa) Suzuki 41:16.132, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 41:16.171, 4 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 41:16.285, 5 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 41:16.826, 6 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 41:17.739, 7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 41:18.325, 8 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 41:20.864, 9 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Ducati 41:21.404, 10 Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati 41:26.919

Leading World Championship Standings: MotoGP: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 140pts, 2 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 99, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 93, 4 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 81, 5 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 79, 5 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 79, 7 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 75.

Manufacturers: 1 Honda 175pts, 2 Ducati 145, 3 Yamaha 140, 4 Suzuki 100, 5 KTM 33, 6 Aprilia 25.

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