Assen awaits before the summer break

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After Marc Marquez’s emotional 11th straight victory at the Sachsenring, the Repsol Honda Team are refocused for a new, and different, challenge at The Cathedral.

Held each June, the TT Assen is an iconic Grand Prix – Assen was the only circuit on the calendar to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949 until 2019. The track has undergone a number of changes throughout its life and its current incarnation sits at 4.5 kilometers long with six left corners and 12 rights. After a baking-hot weekend in Germany, the Dutch round is looking decidedly wetter as it makes its return to the calendar.

Marc Marquez arrives on a high after returning to the top step of the podium for the first time since the 2019 Valencia Grand Prix, but the eight-time World Champion is under no illusions that the weekend in Assen will present a new battle for himself and the Honda RC213V. Victory has been achieved by Marquez twice in the premier class at Assen, first in 2014 when he won the opening 10 rounds, and again in 2018. To date, each visit has resulted in a podium finish with a single third place his worst premier class result. Marquez currently sits tenth in the World Championship with 41 points.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Pol Espargaro is prepared for another weekend of work with his team. Unsatisfied with his final result in Germany after a positive weekend, Espargaro is eager to show his speed once again and put together a strong weekend. Saturday remains a key focus, a higher grid position one of the keys to unlocking Sunday.

Marc Marquez

“We have enjoyed our moment after the Sachsenring, with the team, with my family and with those who helped me. But now we focus again and get ready for Assen, in the past we have had good results there but of course our situation is different now. The weather is looking very cold and wet, especially after what we’ve seen in Germany. So we will keep working to improve our situation and see what’s possible.”

Pol Espargaro

“It’s great to return to Assen after one year away, it’s a historic track and it’s always great to ride these tracks. Our weekend in Germany was not perfect but we arrive with a clear mind and ready to go again. For sure it looks like the weather will complicate things a bit, but no matter what we keep working to achieve our best. The objective is to have a weekend without problems to put all the pieces together.”

 

 

 

 

Rider Standings

 

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1QUARTARARO FABIO20FRA131Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
2ZARCO JOHANN5FRA109Pramac RacingDucati
3MILLER JACK43AUS100Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
4BAGNAIA FRANCESCO63ITA99Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
5MIR JOAN36SPA85Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
6VINALES MAVERICK12SPA75Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha
7OLIVEIRA MIGUEL88POR74Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
8BINDER BRAD33RSA56Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
9ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA53Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
10MARQUEZ MARC93SPA41Repsol Honda TeamHonda
11MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA40Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
12ESPARGARO POL44SPA35Repsol Honda TeamHonda
13NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI30JPN34LCR HondaHonda
14RINS ALEX42SPA28Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki
15BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA26Avintia EsponsoramaDucati
16MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA25LCR HondaHonda
17MARTIN JORGE89SPA23Pramac RacingDucati
18PETRUCCI DANILO9ITA23Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM
19ROSSI VALENTINO46ITA17Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha
20MARINI LUCA10ITA14SKY VR46 AvintiaDucati
21LECUONA IKER27SPA13Tech 3 KTM Factory RacingKTM
22BRADL STEFAN6GER11Team HRCHonda
23SAVADORI LORENZO32ITA4Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia
24PIRRO MICHELE51ITA3Pramac RacingDucati
25RABAT TITO53SPA1Pramac RacingDucati