Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez arrives in Assen for the eighth round of the MotoGP Championship leading the standings by 27 points and resolved to best manage whatever situations the weekend may throw at him, with an eye on the title fight.
Teammate Dani Pedrosa worked on a slightly different setup for his bike during the post-race test in Catalunya, and he is looking forward to taking a step in a positive direction.
Both Repsol Honda riders have good memories from Assen, with Dani having taken his first Grand Prix win (2002 – 125cc) and Marc having celebrated victories in three classes.
At the Assen TT:
Marc Marquez has 4 wins, 1×125 (2010), 2xMoto2 (2011 and 2012), and 1xMotoGP (2014), plus an additional 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has 1 win, 1×125 (2002), plus an additional 7 podiums and 2 pole positions.
Marc and Dani stood together on the Assen podium in 2014 (Marc 1st and Dani 3rd).
Rider Standings – Limited to top 30 results
|1||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||115||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|2||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||88||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|3||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||77||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|4||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||73||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha|
|5||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||71||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|6||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||69||LCR Honda||Honda|
|7||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||66||Ducati Team||Ducati|
|8||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||66||Ducati Team||Ducati|
|9||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||66||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|10||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||49||Alma Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|11||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||40||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|12||RINS Alex||42||SPA||33||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|13||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||28||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|14||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||27||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati|
|15||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||26||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati|
|16||MORBIDELLI Franco||21||ITA||19||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda|
|17||SYAHRIN Hafizh||55||MAL||17||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha|
|18||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||13||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia|
|19||NAKAGAMI Takaaki||30||JPN||10||LCR Honda||Honda|
|20||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||9||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia|
|21||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||7||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|22||KALLIO Mika||36||FIN||6||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|23||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||4||Angel Nieto Team||Ducati|
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 1955, 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.
|Length||4.542 kilometres / 2.822 miles|
|Longest straight||0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles|
TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands
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|Pole Position||1m 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2017 Race Winner||Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)|