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Mick Doohan analyses the wet race at Assen

Mick Doohan analyses the wet race at Assen

Mick Doohan analyses the wet race at Assen

Assen is an amazing circuit because of the outstanding grip in the wet, but I don´t think anyone looks forward to it raining – even there. It was typical Assen weather, I suppose. I can remember three or four races which have been blanketed in mist – on this occasion it came down on the sighting lap. Thankfully the riders were able to come in and make a fresh start in wet conditions.

Sete Gibernau rode a great race – you can´t take anything away from the guy. To be fair, in the dry he didn´t really look like challenging at all, but in the wet everything seemed to come together. I think Valentino Rossi rode a little cautiously – perhaps realising the position he is in with regard to the championship. I wouldn´t say he is trying to preserve his lead as such, but he certainly won´t want to throw anything away. Really, nobody is challenging him for the title at the moment and he will not want to let someone get close by throwing himself down the road.

$$$ Once Max Biaggi had built up a lead over Rossi he just hung on and was more than happy to settle for second place. I guess he didn´t want to risk anything either – not after throwing it in the weeds two weeks ago. Other than that, I thought it was unfortunate that Troy Bayliss made a silly mistake because again, once he picked it up and got going, he looked quite good.

All in all it was quite an exciting race. I know that by the last few laps everyone was in their place and maybe it got a bit boring, but I think that so far this season every race has been a little bit different and interesting the whole way through.


MotoGP, 2003, Mick Doohan

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