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What a race in round 7!! Let's hope for a repeat. MM93 continues with him domination.

Circuit info
Length: 4.542 m / 2.822 miles
Width: 14m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m / 0.303 miles
Constructed: 1955
Modified: 2012

Introduction:
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1954, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the hundreds of thousands of fanatical spectators who are drawn to the most prestigious event in Dutch motorsport every year. A huge favourite with riders, Assen is well known for its festive and extravagant atmosphere.


In 1999 the circuit was modified with a new grandstand, control tower, press centre and renovated boxes. Modifications to the Assen circuit over the winter of 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6km down to 4.555km/2.83miles.

Records:
MotoGP
Fastest Lap 2012 Casey STONER (AUS) Honda 1'33.713 174.4 km/h
Circuit Record 2012 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 1'34.548 172.9 km/h
Best Pole 2012 Casey STONER (AUS) Honda 1'33.713 174.4 km/h
Top Speed 2013 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 311.4 km/h




Current Points:
Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 175
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 117
3 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 112
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 78
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 71
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 58
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 54
8 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 50
9 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 41
10 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 40
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 34
12 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 27
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 27
14 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 24
15 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 24
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 15
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 13
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 8
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 7
20 Danilo PETRUCCI ART ITA 2
21 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2
22 Broc PARKES PBM AUS 1
 

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26 June 2014

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27 June 2014

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28 June 2014

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2013 top 10, funny how you forget :p Vale will be looking to repeat!!
1 25 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 171.0 41'25.202
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.9 +2.170
3 16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 170.7 +4.073
4 13 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 170.5 +7.832
5 11 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 170.0 +15.510
6 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 169.1 +27.519
7 9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 168.9 +31.598
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 168.8 +32.405
9 7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 168.7 +33.751
10 6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 168.7 +33.801
 

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Cathedral calling as MotoGP™ travels north
From the sweltering heat of Barcelona the MotoGP™ World Championship heads north to the Netherlands for round eight at Assen, with Repsol Honda’s remarkable young World Champion Marc Marquez still undefeated in 2014.
Marquez may have seen his run of successful pole position qualifying results come to an end at the Barcelona-Catalunya with a Q2 crash – his first of the season – but come race day the 21 year-old delivered the goods again as he won a brilliant battle at the front over Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa.

Spaniard Marquez is now 58 points clear at the top of the standings following his seven race winning streak, with his nearest rival Rossi perhaps looking the most likely to be capable of ending his victorious run.

Last year at Assen Rossi returned to winning ways with his first victory since 2010, delighting the Dutch crowd with a great ride from fourth on the grid. Marquez finished second that day by just over two seconds and he has a good record at The Cathderal of motorcycle racing having notched up three wins at the historic venue in the 125 and Moto2™ categories.

In third place in the standings going into the Iveco Daily TT Assen is Dani Pedrosa, who was in hunt for victory at Catalunya until a last lap error which saw him touch the rear wheel of Marquez. Pedrosa appeared more comfortable and competitive again after arm pump hindrances earlier this season and along with Marquez he will strive to win at Assen for Honda, at what is considered to be a good track for Yamaha.

Last year’s visit to the TT was one to forget for Jorge Lorenzo who battled through the pain barrier to finish fifth, from 12th on the grid, having broken his collarbone in Thursday practice and having flown back to Barcelona for surgery in order to be ready to race. Lorenzo won at Assen in 2010 but has since struggled at the Dutch venue.

Fifth in the current World Championship standings is Andrea Dovizioso who has been in the top ten at every race so far, in contrast to his Ducati Team colleague Cal Crutchlow who will go in search of a good result at round eight, having had a difficult time since his arrival with the Italian factory.

The likes of the Espargaro brothers, Pol (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Aleix (NGM Forward Racing), will be hunt for more crucial championship points, whilst Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) are riding to secure their racing contracts for 2015 and potentially beyond.

Bradl returned to form at Catalunya with a solid ride to fifth and his aim is to stay ahead of the likes of Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and climb higher up the standings in the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo IodaRacing Project) will attempt to return from injury at the eighth round of the season, having traveled to Barcelona but having been unable to ride as his fractured left wrist had not recovered sufficiently from his Jerez Warm Up crash earlier this year.
 

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TT Assen: A History of Saturday Races
The TT Circuit Assen is the only track that has staged a grand prix race every year since the start of the world championship in 1949.
Motorcycle racing started on the roads round Assen in 1925 on a 27.53 km (17.11 miles) circuit. The circuit was shortened to 16.54 km (10.275 miles) between 1926 –1954 although there was no racing between 1939 - 1946 because of the Second World War. It was halved in length in 1955 to 7.704 km (4.787 miles) and further shortened in 2002.

Today the circuit is just 4.542 km (2.822 miles) in length but still retains some of the original corners. Traditionally the Dutch TT has always been staged on the last Saturday in June and is still one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Holland. The race weekend in Assen begins on Thursday with Qualifying on Friday and the race on Saturday, as it was originally frowned upon for the race to be hosted on Sunday for religious reasons.

Two riders have won three grand prix races in one day at the Dutch TT in Assen. In 1964 Jim Redman won the 125, 250 and 350 cc races riding Honda machinery in all three races. He completed an amazing 259 miles of racing in just one day. Three years later at the Dutch TT Mike Hailwood won the 250, 350 and 500cc races. Once again all three.

In the 1975 500cc race Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini could not be separated on time when they crossed the finishing line in the 16 lap race. Both recorded a time of 48.01.00s at an average speed of 155.64 kph (96.708 mph). Sheene was awarded the win by the finish line judges. It is still regarded as the closest ever finish in the Premier class. It was the first of Sheene’s 19 500cc grands prix victories.

Facts & Figures about the TT Circuit Assen

- There have been a total of 253 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles held at the Assen circuit

- Yamaha are the most successful manufacturer at the Dutch TT since the start of the four-stroke MotoGP formula, with seven victories. Honda have had four MotoGP wins at the Dutch TT and Ducati a single win in 2008

- Ben Spies’ win at the Dutch TT in 2011 was the last MotoGP race won by a rider other than Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez or Jorge Lorenzo

- The rider with most GP victories at Assen is Angel Nieto, with 15 wins in the 125cc and 50cc classes. He is followed by Giacomo Agostini, who had 14 wins riding either 500cc or 350cc machines

- Among the current riders, Valentino Rossi has been most successful at Assen with a total of eight victories: six in MotoGP and one each in the 250cc and 125cc classes

- Four Dutch riders have won Grand Prix races at their home circuit; Paul Lodewijkx the 50cc race in 1968, Wil Hartog the 500cc race in 1977, Jack Middelburg the 500cc race in 1980 and Hans Spaan the 125cc race in 1989

- The last Dutch rider to finish on the podium at the Dutch TT was Wilco Zeelenberg (now Team Manager for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) - he finished third in the 250cc race of 1994
 

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Lorenzo gives update on Yamaha renewal talks
Having been a Yamaha rider since his arrival in the premier class in 2008, Jorge Lorenzo wants to stay with his current team but is still in negotiations for a contract renewal.
Like his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP colleague Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo has his manager working on a new contract with the team, with both riders’ current deals running out at the end of 2014.

Lorenzo won the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP™ World Championships with Yamaha and he insists his priority is to complete his racing career with the same manufacturer – even if contract negotiations require some more time.

Lorenzo stated, “For this moment we have found some differences between us, but as I always say I would like to finish my career with Yamaha. It would be the most beautiful thing, to finish my career with Yamaha without changing team. So hopefully we can find a solution.”

When pressed to expand on where those differences might be found, Lorenzo answered, “Mainly economically to be honest.”
 

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FP1 Results:
1 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 312.7 1'34.530
2 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 305.5 1'34.719 0.189 / 0.189
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 308.8 1'34.736 0.206 / 0.017
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.3 1'34.770 0.240 / 0.034
5 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 310.8 1'34.915 0.385 / 0.145
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 309.1 1'34.974 0.444 / 0.059
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 309.8 1'35.069 0.539 / 0.095
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 311.2 1'35.187 0.657 / 0.118
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 311.4 1'35.364 0.834 / 0.177
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 308.4 1'35.885 1.355 / 0.521
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 308.3 1'35.888 1.358 / 0.003
12 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 302.6 1'36.269 1.739 / 0.381
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 308.2 1'36.295 1.765 / 0.026
14 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 295.8 1'36.353 1.823 / 0.058
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 303.9 1'36.363 1.833 / 0.010
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 298.0 1'36.375 1.845 / 0.012
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 299.7 1'36.521 1.991 / 0.146
18 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 292.7 1'37.209 2.679 / 0.688
19 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 295.0 1'37.275 2.745 / 0.066
20 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 295.1 1'37.370 2.840 / 0.095
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 295.8 1'37.488 2.958 / 0.118
22 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 293.9 1'37.498 2.968 / 0.010
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 290.8 1'37.732 3.202 / 0.234
 

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Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) were the top two riders in FP1 at the Iveco Daily TT Assen, the Spanish siblings outpacing the rest of the premier class field on their respective YZR-M1 and Forward-Yamaha machines. One for the family album and the first time two brothers have gone 1-2 in a premier class practice session.
 

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Full Qualifying Results

1. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 38.789s [Lap 2/7] 299km/h (Top Speed)
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.194s +1.405s [2/7] 289km/h
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 40.732s +1.943s [3/8] 302km/h
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 40.786s +1.997s [2/7] 290km/h
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 40.796s +2.007s [2/6] 291km/h
6. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 40.818s +2.029s [3/4] 296km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 41.140s +2.351s [3/7] 296km/h
8. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 41.982s +3.193s [3/8] 277km/h
9. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 42.259s +3.470s [3/8] 297km/h
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 42.884s +4.095s [3/6] 289km/h
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 43.085s +4.296s [2/6] 300km/h
12. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 43.625s +4.836s [2/8] 299km/h

Q1:
13. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 34.907s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 34.930s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 35.056s
16. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)* 1m 35.059s
17. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 35.346s
18. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 35.484s
19. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)* 1m 35.513s
20. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 35.631s
21. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 35.731s
22. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 35.792s
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)* 1m 35.980s

Aleix finally gets a pole, and all the other 'misplaced' riders had issues with rain interrupting Q2 at a rather unfavorable time.
 

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If I was Dovi right now, I would be doing everything I can to protect 2nd and let MM win. As soon as he wins, he loses some of the advantages he currently has with that special Factory/Open status.
 
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