Maverick Vinales wins in Assen ahead of world champion Marc Marquez

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Spain’s Maverick Vinales cruised to victory ahead of world champion Marc Marquez at the Dutch MotoGP in Assen.

The 24-year-old Yamaha rider was in cruise control for the final 12 laps and comfortably sealed his sixth MotoGP win.

France’s Fabio Quartararo, 20, who started on pole, completed the podium.

“My team did a great job,” Vinales said after his first win since October 2018. “I’m living my dream, it’s been such a long time since my last victory,”

He added: “This is honestly one of the tracks I like most in the calendar.”

Marquez, who retains his overall lead in the championship following his second place in the Netherlands, said he was “happy” after leading the race at one point.

“I knew Yamaha were very very strong in practice, so this is like a victory. Vinales – he deserves the win,” the 26-year-old Honda rider said.

The veteran Italian, and Vinales’ team-mate, Valentino Rossi didn’t finish after he crashed out in the early stages of the race with Takaaki Nakagami.

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