Difficult Dutch GP weekend in Assen ends with a DNF


Following some changing weather conditions during the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, Sunday was overcast but dry until the final 10 laps of the race, where a few drops of rain delivered even more excitement for more than 100,000 spectators around the legendary TT Circuit in Assen.

Darryn showed one more of his rocket starts in his 11th MotoGP race and made up four places on the first lap. The South African went even further and was in P18 just four laps later, but unfortunately lost the front in turn nine of the ninth lap and therefore called it a day prematurely.

Now the entire paddock takes an important summer break ahead of the championship’s return to action in about five weeks’ time at Silverstone.


“Overall, it’s been a difficult weekend for me. Because we lost some dry time on Friday, I always felt like I was one step behind where I needed to be. I was always playing catch up. In the race, I started to make steps forward, I went faster than what I did in Qualifying on the hard rear tyre, so I was slowly, but surely getting better and better and I was trying to keep a good rhythm. Unfortunately, before lap 10, I just tucked the front going into turn nine. I’m really disappointed. That’s not the way I wanted to go into the summer break. Anyway, I’ve got five weeks now to work on myself and come back fitter, stronger and faster.”