Sunday – The World comes to Assen and will race on Sunday. You heard right. Sunday. The tradition in the Cathedral finished. Once it ran on Saturday. The reason? Religion. “The first Dutch GP was in 1925, but not at Assen.” said Egbert Braakman, race Director of the Dutch circuit between 1970 until 2006. “They ran at a place called Rolde, seven kilometers from Assen. The race was on Saturday because the Church was close to the line of departure and arrival. People couldn’t go to church because the race closed all roads.” said Braakman.
It will be a historic change for a historic circuit. In 2015, we remember the excitement last between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Assen has been present in the World Championship since 1949. It is the only circuit where there is always progress. The races have always been on Saturdays until the World Organization decided to change a year ago. Now, the Dutch GP becomes even more attractive. Even for the ticket. With the date change, the Dutch GP “plan to increase revenue by 5 to 10% in the medium and long-term.” said the Dutch organization. These other revenues will be used to cover the increase in operating costs of the event. In addition, to make sure continuity in long-term calendar and the achievement of the financial package for new investments in public buildings.
Sunday until 2021
In 2006, the Dutch organization eliminated the first part of the track. It was very fast and appreciated. Thus, slower curves space, but also to new forums fuller, for a current length of 4542 kilometers. In 2013, finally Dorna has renewed the agreement with the track until 2021. The most successful of the Moto GP are Valentino Rossi. The Italian rider wins seven times. The last right in the course of last season, where he also won the best pole position and the fastest lap.