Assen – Assen is the only circuit always present in the Moto GP World Championship calendar. In the Dutch circuit Moto GP runs from 1949. It is one of the most beautiful and fun. The TT is the oldest track. This year hosts its 68th Grand Prix. For the first time in 2016 they run on Sundays. In fact, traditionally the race was on Saturday.
In 2006, the Assen track was redesigned. Now it measures 4.5 Km. In 1975, the 500cc race began with two riders on pole. They did the same time in qualifying. The two protagonists were Barry Sheene and Giacomo Agostini. Yamaha is the Queen of Assen with eight wins. Follows by Honda with five and Ducati with one. In 2008 with Casey Stoner. The last Suzuki’s victory on the Dutch track was in 1993. In 500cc with Kevin Schwantz. In the era of Moto GP top placings are the two fifth places of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen, in 2007 and in 2009. Ben Spies ‘ victory at Assen was the last by a rider other than Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi, the King of Assen GP
Valentino Rossi was the last to win in the Netherlands two consecutive races in 2004 and 2005. The rider with the highest number of victory in Assen is Angel Nieto: 15. Then there’s Giacomo Agostini, 14 times in 500cc and in 350cc. Among current riders Valentino Rossi is the most successful at Dutch GP with a total of nine wins: seven in Moto GP.
Last year, Valentino Rossi won at Assen. He started from the pole position. Behind him Marc Marquez. Watch our video of the victory of the Italian pilot. In the weekend, the battle between Marquez, Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for the title 2016 will continue. In addition, you will find some of the characteristics of the TT circuit in our new video. Take a look!
Source: Moto GP