Repsol Honda Team head to Assen, the “Cathedral” of bike racing

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).

Marc Marquez

“We’re coming off a good day of testing in Catalunya but Assen is a much different track compared to Montmeló, so it will be very interesting to see how we go there. So far we’ve been at a good level more or less everywhere and we’ve managed to get some good results at different circuits, so we’re also feeling positive going to Assen. I like the track, the ‘Cathedral’ of bike racing, and the fans are always very passionate there. It’s good to arrive with a little advantage in the Championship, but we’re very early in the season. There are several riders for whom the title is still possible, so we must just keep working and try to get the best result the situation allows.”

“Assen has been a difficult race for me in the past, though I’ve also had some good results there. The track is very fast, and the bike tends to wheelie and move a lot. You need to work on the setup well to get a bike that’s stable without losing in other areas. Of course the weather, which is typically quite unstable, can makes things even more challenging. That said, we worked well during the recent test in Catalunya, and we found some little setup modifications aimed at giving us better grip; now we’ll see how it goes in Assen. We’ll try and do things correctly beginning on Friday morning and be prepared for whatever kind of situation we find.”

MotoGP 2018 

Rider Standings – Limited to top 30 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
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
Location Information

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
Width 14 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 12
Longest straight 0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles
Constructed 1955
Modified 2012

TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands
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TT Circuit Assen


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)