The last and only time that Lorenzo won in the premier class at Assen was 2010. Aside from that he has had two podiums from ten starts. Based on his performance at the last two races, he should be in the reckoning this weekend. His recent resurgence has made things a lot more interesting; it’s more than likely too late to mount a challenge for the title unless something befalls Marquez, but we may now have someone taking the fight to the defending champion on a consistent basis. It is worth remembering that the pair will be team mates next year which potentially adds another layer of intrigue.
MotoGP current standings
1 Marc Marquez (Honda) 115 points
2 Valentino Ross (Yamaha) 88
3 Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) 77
4 Johann Zarco (Yamaha) 73
5 Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 71
6 Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 69
Francesco Bagnaia continues to lead the Moto2 championship, but only by the slenderest of margins. His lead was cut from 13 points to just 1 after the Catalunya race. Bagnaia could only manage an eighth place finish while his nearest title rival Miguel Oliveira came home in second. The race was won by French rider Fabio Quartararo; his maiden grand prix victory. Quartararo became the fifth winner in the class so far in 2018 and it was only his second top ten finish of the season to boot. The only rider to have won more than one race so far this year is the series leader Bagnaia who has three victories to date. The win by Quartararo in Barcelona was the only win so far this season by a machine running a Speed Up chassis, and the last since British rider Sam Lowes rode to victory in the second round of 2015 at the Austin GP. Lowes continued his reacquaintance with the Moto2 class with a ninth place finish. The British rider is currently 13th in the championship with 21 points.