The Dutch TT is one of the most historic races on the MotoGP calendar and it was certainly filled with excitement in 2014 due to a thunder storm as the Moto2 riders came to the grid. This created fascinating races in the Moto2 and MotoGP classes with crashes and action aplenty.
As rain started to fall at the start of the MotoGP qualifying session Aleix Espargaro was the bravest rider and claimed his first career pole positionOn Saturday morning Marc Marquez had a big moment and nearly highsidedCal Crutchlow took advantage of the difficult qualifying conditions to set the fifth fastest time in qualifyingAssen provides one of the most spectacular settings of the season with the track winding its way around the Dutch countryside. The track is more reminiscent to a links golf course than a typical circuit in some places
Valentino Rossi at speed in practiceStefan Bradl winds onto one of the many “straights” of AssenAlex Rins claimed the Moto3 race win before the weather turned for the Moto2 and Moto3 racesPole man Espargaro gets ready to head to the gridBroc Parkes crashed on the sighting lap to the grid and had to run back to get onto his spare bike
The Australian would star having been forced to start on slick tyres and spent the majority of the race battling with the factory riders at the front Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith battling in the race
The battle at the front saw Andrea Dovizioso take advantage of the wet track to lead from Marquez…The world champion would however hit the front and take his eighth win of the seasonBehind the leaders the battle for the top ten was intense with Parkes hanging to the back of the front runnersIn Moto2 Sam Lowes looked like a potential race winner until this crash dropped him out of contention