Ben Spies helped Yamaha celebrate its 50th Anniversary of Grand Prix Racing in Assen today with his first MotoGP victory. Starting from second on the grid, Spies put in some flawless laps at the beginning of the race to create a significant gap over Casey Stoner (Honda) who would eventually finish in second place. Spies seemed to have the measure of Stoner throughout the race. Stoner indicated he was still sore from a crash earlier this weekend, but congratulated Spies on a near flawless race. Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso brought his Honda home in third place.
Marco Simoncelli (Honda) crashed on cold tires on the opening lap causing defending champ Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) to go down as well. Lorenzo remounted his bike and charged back to finish in sixth position, just behind the Ducati duo of Valentino Rossi (finishing fourth) and Nicky Hayden (fifth).
Stoner stretched his points lead over Lorenzo in the championship. For additional details, points and results, visit the official MotoGP site.