Marc Marquez was surprised by the competitive nature of the Dutch TT as he emerged from an eight-way battle for the lead to claim victory.
MotoGP™ leader Marquez had seen future Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo win the last two races, before the current Ducati man took control again in the Netherlands, having started in 10th.
Pole-sitter Marquez expected a "calm" race, but he responded well to the chaos to win by over two seconds.
"I didn't expect a race like this. I expected a race with a big group and everyone [to be] more calm," he told BT Sport. "But everyone was attacking.
"I thought if I didn't attack, everyone would overtake me. I got up, tried to push and I gave everything."
Marquez was involved in multiple flashpoints and he admitted that he was concerned in one incident as he and Maverick Vinales went wide and made contact.
"What I remember most was [the incident] with Vinales. It was quite scary," he said.
"I missed turn eight and we were parallel, then we made contact. With the contact, I released the brake - the handlebar was slippery - and I thought, 'okay, I go to the gravel.'
"Then, I don't know why, I put it in first gear and I was able to stop the bike. That was the moment that I was most scared."