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Francesco Bagnaia celebrated a start-to-finish victory. © APA/ANP / VINCENT JANNINK

Bagnaia wins sprint and shortens gap

Two-time MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia won the sprint at the Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Italian Ducati rider won after 13 laps on the TT Circuit Assen ahead of his Spanish brand colleague Jorge Martin and his compatriot Maverick Vinales (Aprilia).

In the World Championship, Bagnaia reduced the gap to leader Martin by three points to 15 points. The Dutch Grand Prix follows on Sunday (14 p.m.). Spaniard Marc Marquez (Ducati) crashed into the gravel and was eliminated. The six-time MotoGP champion had already crashed in qualifying.

On Sunday, Bagnaia (165 World Championship points) can make up further ground on his competitor Martin (180). The 27-year-old, who set a lap record of 1:30,540 minutes in qualifying, starts from pole position ahead of the World Championship leader and Vinales. KTM will once again be on the hunt for a catch-up race, with Binder starting the race from ninth place, just ahead of Acosta.

Schlagwörter: Motorsport MotoGP

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