Marquez: Coming second as good as win

Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez said that coming second on Sunday behind race winner Jack Miller was as good as winning at the rain-lashed MotoGP race at Assen.

The second place finish means that Marquez increased his lead at the top of the rider standings to 145 points well ahead of the second-placed Yamaha duo of Jorge Lorenzo with 121 points and Valentino Rossi sitting on 103 points.

In an interview with The Express after Sunday's race, Marquez said that after Rossi crashed out of the race, after being challenged by the Italian, coming second was like a victory for him.

"This was a race in which you could lose the points – I really had to concentrate as Valentino Rossi was pushing hard but then I see he has crashed so this second place is like a victory," said Marquez.

"The conditions were very difficult, but this result is so very important in terms of the championship," he added.