Motul Assen TT
Just as we are cooling off from the excitement of Le Mans, Mugello and Catalunya, we now have the Assen TT; one of the fastest circuits in the entire MotoGP, right at our feet. Taking place annually on the last Saturday of June, (which is Saturday 27th June this year) the Dutch TT at the Assen TT circuit forms the 8th round of the MotoGP world championships.
MotoGP action at Assen. Photo: rideapart.com
Some of the world’s top track racers come together at the ‘Cathedral of Motorcycling’ located in north-eastern Holland to compete in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races, a far hail from the race’s origins as a Tourist Trophy on public roads in 1925.
The Assen TT, which also hosts car races and rounds of the World SBK and British Superbikes was built in 1955 at a length of 4.8 miles, which has been reduced to 2.8 miles today. The banked corners which made the track’s fame have also been modified due to safety issues. The camber of the curves and the track’s grippy surface had allowed riders to race faster than on other circuits. Nowadays the track in known for its super-fast straights and slow corners.
Map of the Assen circuit. Source: ttcircuit-tickets.com
The grandstand at the track provides seating for up to 60,000 spectators, whilst the circuit has a total capacity of 100,000.
Rossi and his Yamaha YZR-M1. Photo: Yamaha Racing
Two-time world championship winner Marc Marquez, a previous favourite to win, is sitting in 5th place, with 69 points, after he crashed his Honda RC213V at the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya on June 14th.
The Spaniard said later in a statement: “I tried to give 100% at my home race but I made a mistake trying to push too much, as I wanted to do well – at all costs – and these things can happen. I was going well, trying to conserve my tyres behind Jorge, but I made a mistake and as a result I ran wide.”
Marquez crashing out at Catalunya. Photo: crash.net
With only one day to go until the start of the Motul Assen TT, riders and spectators alike are eagerly anticipating the results of the race on the historic track.