- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

ASSEN, Netherlands (AP) - Jack Miller of Australia won his first MotoGP race Sunday, triumphing in treacherous conditions of a restarted race in Assen after torrential rain forced the riders off the track after 14 laps.

With the restarted race cut to 12 laps, the three leading riders - including seven-time Assen winner Valentino Rossi - all fell on the slick track allowing Miller on his Honda to take a shock lead and hold on to pop a wheelie as he crossed the finish line.

The win for Miller’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team was the first MotoGP victory for an independent team since 2006.

Marc Marquez of Spain finished second to stretch his lead atop the world championship standings. Scott Redding was third.

Jorge Lorenzo, second in the championship, carefully nursed his Yamaha around the wet track to finish 10th.

Before the race was stopped, riders largely managed to stay on board their bikes despite starting on a wet track, but after the restart the conditions caused carnage among the leaders. The three riders on the front row for the 12-lap sprint - Andrea Dovizioso, Rossi and Danilo Petrucci - all fell and did not finish the race.

The first time the Assen race had been run on a Sunday produced other first-time winners on a day of surprises.

The Moto2 race was cut short by two laps because of the rain, with Takaaki Nakagami on his Honda profiting from the red flag to take his first win ahead of Johann Zarco of France, whose second place put him joint top in the season’s standings with Alex Rins. Franco Morbidelli of Italy was third.

Earlier, in dry conditions, Francesco Bagnaia won his first Moto3 race in a photo finish and registered the first victory for his Aspar Mahindra team. Fabio Di Giannantonio crossed the line third, but was promoted to second place when Andrea Migno was demoted to third for an illegal overtaking maneuver.

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