Valentino Rossi of Italy on his Yamaha, right, in front of Marc Marquez of Spain on his Honda during the Dutch MotoGP Grand Prix, in Assen, northern Netherlands, Saturday June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Jannink)
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Valentino Rossi strengthened his world championship lead Saturday by coming out on top in a thrilling battle with Marc Marquez to win the Dutch MotoGP at Assen.Rossi quickly regained the lead and then held off one last desperate push on the final chicane by the Spaniard, on a Honda, cutting the corner to go on and claim his third win of the season and the 111th victory of his illustrious career.Marquez's second place sees him leapfrog Italy's Andrea Dovizioso into fourth spot in the world championship.The trio went into the race holding the leading three places in the world championship standings, which remain unaltered.Britain's Honda rider Danny Kent, who has won four of the season's eight races, was third and maintains his lead in the world championship standings.
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