|Every race is a home race for Rossi|
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
In a weekend racing fans won't forget we saw Valentino Rossi confirm he is very much still in the title hunt, Marc Marquez able to prove he's still got it and a lot of action at the infamous Geert Timmer chicane.
Starting from pole position for the first time since Valencia 2010, Rossi got an uncharacteristic good start and led the 24 riders around the legendary TT Assen circuit for the first time. Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo also made a stunning start from eighth position on the grid, moving up into the top four by the second corner.
The leading trio of Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo began to emerge and break away from the pack as Espargaro brothers who were battling for a position in the top five. Hector Barbera, Jack Miller and Nicky Hayden were involved in a nasty crash at the final chicane which saw Barbera be stretchered off the track, and Miller receive a stern talking to from Race Direction.