2012 Assen MotoGP | Results

Spoiler Alert: 2012 Assen MotoGP results listed below

The 2012 MotoGP Championship headed to the Netherlands this weekend for the 82nd running of the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen, the most historic venue on the schedule.

The 2.822-mile is the longest-running circuit in MotoGP, the 18-corner (12 rights, six lefts) track on the GP calendar since the series’ inception in 1949.

And the 2012 Grand Prix of the Netherlands would provide vastly different outcomes for the two riders leading the series – heartbreak for one, enthusiasm for the other.

The heartbreak came to man who led the MotoGP Championship points race heading into Assen – Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. The 2010 MotoGP Champ suffered a DNF after a very controversial crash on the first turn.

But enthusiasm would arrive in the Repsol Honda pits after Casey Stoner took his third win of the season. The reigning MotoGP Champ would be joined on the Assen podium by teammate Dani Pedrosa, and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso.

And as usual, Assen’s technical layout provided for drama right from the very first turn of the 26-lap race.

When the 20-rider grid (minus Cardion AB Ducati’s Karel Abraham, whose finger injury prevented him from starting) began round seven of 18, Pedrosa took his typical start, getting from starting position of second to first by turn one.

Following behind were the pole man Stoner, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, who took his maiden MotoGP victory at Assen last season, and Lorenzo.

Drama developed at the first turn, though, as Lorenzo was hit by a charging Alvaro Bautista. The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, who started from eighth on the grid, went to the inside, and came into Turn 1 with way too much speed. Bautista ran into Lorenzo, and both riders slid off the track, ending their day.

Once up, Lorenzo showed frustration, throwing hands in the air. Many around the pits were saying the move was unprofessional, and the crash is currently under investigation by the FIM.

Meanwhile, by the end of the first lap Pedrosa was leading, followed by Stoner, Spies, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso, LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, and the Ducati Team duo of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi, respectively. As for Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, he had a bad start, going from fifth to 13th.

The drama continued on the second lap when Hayden lost a position due to running off the circuit. A few turns later LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl crashed out, ending the German’s race. With 20 laps to go it would be Avintia Blusens CRT’s Yonny Hernandez who would crash out, and a lap later NGM Forward Racing CRT’s Colin Edwards would ride into the pits, the American ending his day with bike troubles.

By the 10th lap, major separation occurred between the riders. Up front, Pedrosa and Stoner battled for the lead. The Repsol Honda RC213V riders held an over five-second lead ahead of the two men who would fight to the end for the final podium position – Spies and Dovi.

A further five seconds behind the Spies and Dovi battle was a group of riders vying for the fifth position – Hayden, Rossi, Barbera and Crutchlow. This group of four held a 15-second advantage over the man in ninth at this point – Power Electronics Aspar CRT’s Randy de Puniet.

With eight laps remaining, Stoner took a clean inside pass on Pedrosa for the lead, and immediately opened up a gap. The Australian would beat Pedrosa to the line by 4.965 seconds.

The battle for the final podium position came down to the last lap. Spies looked to have it, but on the beginning of the final lap Dovi made an aggressive pass on the American, and held the position to the end; Dovizioso would finish 11.994 seconds behind Stoner.

Spies would take fourth, 14.775 behind Stoner, followed by Crutchlow in fifth. The top Ducati was once again the GP12 piloted by Hayden. The American would be followed by Barbera in seventh, the last rider to finish within a minute of Stoner.

Once again the top CRT finishers was the Frenchman de Puniet, who finished in eighth, 1:04.441 behind Stoner.

As for Rossi, he entered the pits with eight to go to replace his rear tire, which was completely worn, an issue the nine-time World Champion has continually dealt with throughout the season. He would finish a lap down in 13th.

Due to Lorenzo’s DNF and Stoner’s win, the two are tied at top of the MotoGP Championship point standings with 140 points. In third is Pedrosa with 121 points. A ways back in fourth with 77 points is Crutchlow.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship continues next week at Sachsenring, Germany, for the second race in three back-to-back weekends.

2012 Assen MotoGP Results:

1.251Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda171.441’19.855
2.2026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda171.1+4.965
3.164Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha170.6+11.994
4.1311Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha170.4+14.775
5.1135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha169.9+22.074
6.1069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati169.3+31.660
7.98Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati167.4+59.107
8.814Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART167.1+1’04.441
9.751Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR166.9+1’06.980
10.654Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART165.7+1’25.087
11.59Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda165.3+1’32.103
12.422Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR165.2+1’33.797
13.346Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati163.61 Lap
14.277James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART163.61 Lap
Not Classified
41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART167.012 Laps
5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter155.719 Laps
68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR165.621 Laps
6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda162.025 Laps
99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha0 Lap
19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda0 Lap
Not Starting
17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati0 Lap

2012 MotoGP Championship Point Standings (after seven of 18 rounds):

1.Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA140
2.Casey STONERHondaAUS140
3.Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA121
5.Andrea DOVIZIOSOYamahaITA76
6.Valentino ROSSIDucatiITA61
7.Nicky HAYDENDucatiUSA59
8.Alvaro BAUTISTAHondaSPA58
9.Stefan BRADLHondaGER51
10.Ben SPIESYamahaUSA48
11.Hector BARBERADucatiSPA46
14.Michele PIRROFTRITA16
16.Danilo PETRUCCIIodaITA9
19.Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE4
20.Colin EDWARDSSuterUSA4