MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo has extended his points advantage to 47 - almost two race wins - after his fourth victory from six 2010 races, at Assen on Saturday.
The Fiat Yamaha star looked like he might have a fight on his hands as Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Casey Stoner moved onto his rear wheel after just a few laps, but Lorenzo was running the harder rear Bridgestone option and pulled away again during the second half of the race.
"This race was a bit more difficult than Silverstone because Dani was so fast with the softer tyre early on in the race and I had to really keep my concentration to stay in front of him at that point,” said Lorenzo, who won by almost three seconds.
“I was confident that my harder Bridgestone tyre would help me later on and this was the case, so we made the right choice. It wasn't easy though and at the end I was sliding quite a lot, in fact I made a mistake at the chicane and nearly crashed so I was quite glad to finish!”
By winning the 80th Dutch TT, Lorenzo has become only the seventh rider in history to have won in three or more classes at the historic racetrack, with 125cc, 250cc and now a MotoGP win to his name.
“I am really happy that I have won here in all three classes because it's such a historic place and the football I had in Parc Ferme was to celebrate this 'hat-trick',” he explained.
“Thanks to all my Yamaha guys and also to Bridgestone for this win, we have a big lead in the championship so we can afford to stay calm and relaxed. Now we go to my home in Barcelona and I am excited about another chance to race in front of the Spanish fans."
“Once the laps went on and our fuel load was reduced, Jorge was able to use the harder tyre to his advantage and he succeeded brilliantly, we had no doubts about him,” insisted team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. “Well done to him and to all the team for this second win in a row on this special TT Anniversary."
At Catalunya Lorenzo will be joined in the Fiat Yamaha pits by Yamaha test rider Wataru Yoshikawa, who will replace injured world champion Valentino Rossi.
Lorenzo was overtaken by Rossi on the final turn of last year's Catalan race.