Valentino Rossi won his first MotoGP race in over a year as the championship pendulum swung again after a compelling showdown in the Dutch TT at Assen.

Rossi's Movistar Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales saw his title advantage slashed following a spill in the tricky conditions at the final chicane as he battled inside the top five.

Italian rider Rossi, who started from fourth place on the second row of the grid, became embroiled in a battle for the lead with Pramac Ducati Danilo Petrucci in the closing stages, with Andrea Dovizioso also coming through on the factory GP17 as he staked his claim for a third premier class triumph on the spin.

However, a mistake on the brakes by Dovizioso - who briefly passed Petrucci for second place before the Independent rider retook the position - saw the Mugello and Catalunya winner lose the tow and he dropped into the clutches of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.

Petrucci, who finished on the podium at Mugello, used the power of the Ducati to draft past Rossi and attempted to make a break for it as spots of light rain began to fall around the course.

However, Rossi refused to go down without a fight and the 38-year-old battled back, forcing his way to the front to set up a tense final few laps.

Petrucci could still sense a victory but was denied the opportunity to launch a final attack on the last lap when the leaders lapped Hector Barbera and Alex Rins, with Rossi finding smooth passage while Petrucci was hampered.

It was Rossi's 115th Grand Prix victory as he took the flag by 0.063s from Petrucci, while Marquez narrowly held onto third on the final lap after the Repsol Honda rider slogged it out with Cal Crutchlow.

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow found incredible pace on the final laps and first picked off Dovizioso to go fourth before setting his sights on Marquez.

Crutchlow put a pass on the factory Honda rider to grab the final podium place but reigning champion Marquez had the final say and produced a stunning move on the run to the final chicane on the last lap to seal third, with Dovizioso only fractions of a second behind.

Dovizioso still leads the championship by four points from Vinales heading to the Sachsenring in Germany, with Rossi only three points behind in third. Marquez is also right in the frame, a further four points back on Rossi.

Aussie Jack Miller was a long way back on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda in sixth followed by Karel Abraham (Aspar Ducati) and Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz.

Andrea Iannone on the Ecstar Suzuki and Gresini Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro were the top ten, while Pol Espargaro rode an excellent race on the Red Bull KTM to finish 11th, claiming the manufacturer's best result yet.

Pole man Johann Zarco opted to pull into pit lane on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha when the rain flags came out to switch to wet tyres with seven laps to go, but the move backfired and the French rider incurred a penalty for speeding. He eventually finished the race in 14th place.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) earned the final championship point as the three-time MotoGP world champion finished 15th.

A host of non-finishers included Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati), Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati), Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM), Jonas Folger (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) and Sam Lowes (Gresini Aprilia).

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1. Valentino Rossi 2. Danilo Petrucci 3. Marc Marquez 4. Cal Crutchlow 5. Andrea Dovizioso 6. Jack Miller 7. Karel Abraham 8. Loris Baz 9. Andrea Iannone 10. Aleix Espargaro 11. Pol Espargaro 12. Tito Rabat 13. Dani Pedrosa 14. Johann Zarco 15. Jorge Lorenzo 16. Hector Barbera 17. Alex Rins
Scott Redding
Alvaro Bautista
Bradley Smith
Maverick Vi?ales
Jonas Folger
Sam Lowes

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The Doctor will see you now ... and you will see his backside.

Brilliant ride from the old feller...

Jem: Just remembered that there is an F1 race today. How exciting to watch a bunch of racing cars following a safety car.[\blockquote]
sarcastic trolling can't get any better,, ROFL

So the record stays intact,
Odd numbered years - VR - M1 -Assen - Win.
This combo is very consistently sticking together like match made in heavens since he moved to yamaha.
Nothing could stop VR from winning in Assen riding his M1 in odd numbered years.

Also, no one has ever come out on top against him in Assen after a straight face to face, he either beats himself with mistakes or falls prey to situation in even numbered years. Rossi has never stepped on 2nd or 3rd podium step riding yamaha in Assen.

In 2011 his M1 in hands of spies destroyed the field by country miles, that happens to be his only carrier win.

Jfwfan: You can see mm regrets what he did to vr in 2015 on the podium today[\blockquote]

wat did i miss here :(

Just remembered that there is an F1 race today. How exciting to watch a bunch of racing cars following a safety car.

You can see mm regrets what he did to vr in 2015 on the podium today

checking:
Jfwfan: You can see mm regrets what he did to vr in 2015 on the podium today[\blockquote]

wat did i miss here :([\blockquote]

It's very subtle,I don't expect everyone to be able to see what I mean.maybe you can watch again.