After two impressive victories in Barcelona and Sachsenring, Fabio Quartararo has dominated round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship, which will take place at TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands this weekend. The Dutch Grand Prix is the last race before the MotoGP summer holiday.
Despite getting sick from the unbearable heat at Sachsenring, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider took another resounding victory there and now leads the championship with 34 points.
After his first win on German soil, at a circuit he finds challenging, the Frenchman is more optimistic about his chances at Motul TT Assen, at a circuit he loves. Diablo He has achieved impressive results in Holland so far. In his first year in Moto3 (2015) he took second place. He achieved the feat in the Moto2 class in 2018 and followed that up with a third place in the MotoGP class in 2019 and a win in 2021 after a year-long pandemic break at Assen.
The TT Circuit Assen was built specifically for the Dutch GP in 1955, but the Assen has been on the MotoGP calendar every year since 1949, when the race was still held on public roads. Assen’s current circuit is 4.5 kilometers long and remains a driver’s favourite thanks to its quick changes in direction, along with a great mix of high-speed and low-speed corners (six-spoke and 12 right-hand corners). Particularly entertaining is Geert Timmer chicane, just before the start of the finish, right in front of the main grandstand.
Fabio Quartaro: “I am very happy with this victory at Sachsenring. I rode really well in Barcelona, but somehow Sachsenring was better because I did it when I wasn’t feeling well. I enjoyed a few days off and now I’m feeling better again so I’m ready for the Assen race. We have memories. Good about last year with the team. It’s one of my favorite runs, so I think we can still have a good race.”
Massimo Merigali: “We are approaching Assen’s tour with optimism. We couldn’t expect to win at Sachsenring, because on paper it’s not our strongest circuit. But Fabio’s performance, even when he was ill, is on another level. In theory, the following circuit should suit us better. Assen is a circuit that our drivers really love, which is a good thing because we want to give one last push before the summer break to finish the first half of the season in the best possible way. »