Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) increased his 2019 points advantage with a fine ride to second place at sun-blessed Assen.
The 26-year-old Spaniard fought a typically spirited battle for victory with eventual winner Maverick Vinales, finally making sure of the 20-point haul for runner-up spot in the closing stages. After eight of 19 races he leads the championship by 44 points from Andrea Dovizioso, who finished fourth.
Marquez's second-place result continues his amazing record of seven podiums from the first eight races of 2019. Indeed, when Marquez has made it to the checkered flag he has always finished first or second, with four victories and three runner-up results. His only non-score came at April's America's GP, where he slid off while holding a commanding lead.
On the podium Marquez raised a flag celebrating the 60th anniversary of Honda's first World Championship race in June 1959.
The paddock now heads into the heart of Europe for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring next weekend. After the ninth race of the year the paddock gets a three-week break before August's Czech GP at Brno.
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