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Date : 23/06/2014

Repsol Honda Team Head to the Cathedral Riding the Crest of a Wave

Repsol Honda Team Head to the Cathedral Riding the Crest of a Wave

After their seventh win in-a-row, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands in peak form.

The longest-running event on the MotoGP calendar, the Dutch TT in Assen is always held on the last Saturday in June in a carnival atmosphere that attracts raceday crowds of more than 100,000. Assen’s foundations in motorsport were laid back in 1925 during the first Dutch TT. The modern circuit was first constructed in 1955 on the site of those brick-paved public roads and it underwent a major modification in 2005, which reduced its length from just under 6km to 4.555km. It has also seen small modifications in the past two years with work done to make the Ruskenhoek chicane less angular and thus a few metres shorter. The final result is a faster circuit, in keeping with Assen’s generally flowing nature.

Known as ‘The Cathedral’, its main straight is a mere 560m long, yet Assen still boasts one of the fastest average speed laps on the calendar and its flowing turns – eleven right and six lefts – mean it remains a favourite for riders and spectators alike.

Both Repsol Honda riders have enjoyed good results in Assen with Dani taking seven podium finishes there including his first victory in WGP (2002 – 125cc). Marc has a fantastic history at the circuit with second place in 2013 (maiden MotoGP year) and celebrating victories in 2012 (Moto2), 2011 (Moto2) and also in 2010 (125cc).

The race weekend in Assen begins on Thursday with Qualifying on Friday and the race on Saturday, as it was originally frowned upon for the race to be hosted on Sunday for religious reasons.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 175 points

"We are still in enjoying a really good momentum but we know it can’t go on forever! I really like Assen and have had some good results in the lower categories, and last year we took second in my first visit there on the MotoGP machine. The weather is always unpredictable there so we will, as always, work hard from the first session to find a good setup"

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 112 points

"It was good to be back at the front and fighting in Catalunya! I’m looking forward to going to Assen and hope I’m one step fitter again as last year I didn’t really have a good race, so I hope to improve. The weather is usually tricky so you must make the most of any dry track time. I like the track but it’s important to find a good setting and feeling with the tyres as there are a few very fast corners"

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1Marc Marquez93ESP175Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
2Valentino Rossi46ITA117Yamaha FactoryYAMAHA
3Dani Pedrosa26ESP112Repsol Honda TeamHONDA
4Jorge Lorenzo99ESP78Yamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA
5Andrea Dovizioso4ITA71Ducati TeamDUCATI
6Pol Espargaro44ESP58Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
7Aleix Espargaro41ESP54NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
8Stefan Bradl6GER50LCR Honda MotoGPHONDA
9Andrea Iannone29ITA41Pramac RacingDUCATI
10Bradley Smith38GBR40Monster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA
11Alvaro Bautista19ESP34Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
12Nicky Hayden69USA27Drive M7 AsparHONDA
13Yonny Hernandez68COL27Pramac RacingDUCATI
14Scott Redding45GBR24Go & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA
15Hiroshi Aoyama7JPN24Drive M7 AsparHONDA
16Cal Crutchlow35GBR15Ducati TeamDUCATI
17Karel Abraham17CZE13Cardion AB MotoracingHONDA
18Colin Edwards5USA8NGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA
19Michele Pirro51ITA7Ducati TeamDUCATI
20Hector Barbera8ESP2Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
21Danilo Petrucci9ITA2IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER
22Broc Parkes23AUS1Paul Bird MotorsportPBM
23Michael Laverty70GBR0Paul Bird MotorsportART & PBM
24Mike Di Meglio63FRA0Avintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI
25Michel Fabrizio84ITA0IodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER

Circuit Information

Length 4.542 m / 2.822 miles
Width 14m
Left corners 6
Right corners 12
Longest straight 487 m / 0.303 miles
Constructed 1955
Modified 2012
Pole Position 1m 33.713s (174.481km/h) Casey Stoner, Honda, 2012
Race lap 1m 34.548s (172.940km/h) Dani Pedrosa, Honda, 2012
Race time 41m 18.629s (171.518km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)
2012 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
2013 Winner Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
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