This Saturday’s Iveco Daily TT Assen is looming large for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team. Teammates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are both fans of the TT Circuit Assen and are coming into the Netherlands event following a mighty battle at the recent Spanish MotoGP that saw Rossi finish on the podium in second and Lorenzo just shy of the box in fourth.
With the upcoming eighth round of the series being held at a track that has been very, very good to Rossi, the nine-time World Champion is riding high on enthusiasm and momentum. The popular Italian racer has won at the TT Circuit Assen a total of eight times, with six of those victories coming in the MotoGP class. Currently, Rossi is second in the overall championship points standings.
“Assen is a great track and a good track for Yamaha,” said Rossi, who won there last year. “The weather will be very important here. You never know if it will be hot or cold or dry or wet. Last year's race was unforgettable, but honestly this year I feel I am strong almost everywhere so we have to try hard to beat the competition.”
Teammate Lorenzo is also fond of Assen, known in racing circles as "The Cathedral" of motorcycling. The Spaniard has won there a total of four times, in the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP classes. He’s looking forward to improving upon the fifth-place result that he had there last year. Right now, Lorenzo is fourth in the title chase.
“I look forward to racing in Assen,” said Lorenzo. “It’s maybe my favorite circuit. It’s a nice layout defined by some quick corners and a short straight that looks good for us, and especially for the Yamaha…
“Last season I finished fifth after a surgery on my collarbone,” Lorenzo continued. “And I suffered a lot but finally I could conclude a very special race. Anyway, looking into the future it is the best opportunity to do my best and try to get my first win. We will see.”
The TT Circuit Assen is the only racetrack to have hosted a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since it started in 1949.Tags: Assen, Jorge Lorenzo, motogp, Motorsports, Movistar Yamaha, Netherlands, TT Circuit Assen, Valentino Rossi