Rossi wins in Assen as teammate Lorenzo takes fifth with broken collarbone
June 29, 2013 -- Updated 1659 GMT (0059 HKT)
Valentino Rossi returned to the top of the podium with a superb victory at Assen.
- Valentino Rossi wins Dutch MotoGP at Assen
- First victory for the Italian legend since 2010
- Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo races with broken collarbone
- Spaniard finishes a brave fifth to stay in title hunt
(CNN) -- Valentino Rossi snapped a near three-year victory drought in MotoGP by claiming the Dutch round at Assen Saturday, but said the real "hero" had been his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo who took a brave fifth with a broken collarbone.
The defending world champion crashed at 200kph in practice earlier this week and underwent an operation in Barcelona early Friday on his injuries.
Passed fit to race, he finished just behind fellow Spaniard and current title leader Dani Pedrosa to concede just two points in the overall standings, trailing him by nine after seven rounds.
I've never given up and I've always worked hard because this is my passion. I love to ride and race motorcycles
"For me he is the hero of the day," Rossi told the official MotoGP website.
"When he told me he was going to ride, I thought there was no way he could. Two days after a terrible accident and such an operation is amazing."
Read: Champion Lorenzo in high speed crash at Assen
But for the legendary Italian, it was also a welcome return to the top of the podium after two disappointing seasons with Ducati.
"I'm happy but I can't believe it and it's a great feeling to be back in first position," he admitted.
"It's been a long, long time since Sepang 2010 and during those years I've ask myself the question: 'Can I get back to first position?'
"But I've never given up and I've always worked hard because this is my passion. I love to ride and race motorcycles."
Lorenzo: Motorcycling is like dancing
It was the nine-time world champion's 80th victory in MotoGP, the premier class of motorcycling, and pushes him up to fifth in the overall standings, but still 51 points adrift of Pedrosa.
Marc Marquez of Spain finished second for Honda ahead Britain's Cal Clutchlow, who had claimed the first pole position of his career Friday.
Read: Dovizioso to replace Rossi at Ducati
Marquez is third in the overall standings, 23 points adrift of teammate Pedrosa, after riding with injuries of his own.
"I am, happy with the result given that I have a fractured small finger on my right hand and a broken big toe," he said.
But Marquez was unable to make much impression on Rossi, who took the checkered flag to a massive roar from the devoted motorcycling fans at one of the best attended races on the calendar.
The eighth round of the championship takes place in Germany in two weeks time.
Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1113 GMT (1913 HKT)
Too weak. Can't handle the pressure. Susie Wolff has heard it all -- but she is determined to become the first female F1 driver in 20 years.
CNN's Amanda Davies visits the headquarters of Mercedes, the dominant team in Formula One this season.
March 15, 2014 -- Updated 0108 GMT (0908 HKT)
The big winners of this Formula One season could be road drivers rather than F1 racers, according to one former world champion.
March 14, 2014 -- Updated 1730 GMT (0130 HKT)
The Williams team welcomes the biggest rule changes to Formula One cars for a generation.
March 13, 2014 -- Updated 1916 GMT (0316 HKT)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton sums up the dawn of a new Formula One era in three juicy words -- weird, mind-blowing and challenging.
March 12, 2014 -- Updated 1216 GMT (2016 HKT)
Formula One is taking another step in its techno evolution this season, which could be more unpredictable than it has been for a long time.
February 24, 2014 -- Updated 1736 GMT (0136 HKT)
Jann Mardenborough on the similarities and differences between driving a race on a video game and driving a real F1 car.
February 22, 2014 -- Updated 1226 GMT (2026 HKT)
How Russian president Vladimir Putin helped turn a muddy hole in the ground into a $400 million futuristic grand prix track in Sochi.
February 21, 2014 -- Updated 0013 GMT (0813 HKT)
Vilified by the the international community for his government's attitude on gay rights, Russian president Vladimir Putin has found an ally.
March 13, 2014 -- Updated 1613 GMT (0013 HKT)
He is Formula One's undisputed No. 1, and next season Sebastian Vettel will have proof of that fact emblazoned on his Red Bull.
December 4, 2013 -- Updated 1633 GMT (0033 HKT)
A new era of F1 looms large on the horizon in 2014, but what do the new rules mean for how we watch the sport? Get up to speed here.
October 17, 2013 -- Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT)
Explore our interactive of one of F1's most important and complicated pieces of kit.
Today's five most popular stories