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Iannone remains on top in Assen, ready to charge
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:50 PM
MotoGP
Iannone remains on top in Assen, ready to charge


Clouds loomed overhead but no signs of rain during MotoGP™ FP2, Iannone showing no signs of slowing down again.

Rain held off for Free Practice 2 at the Motul TT Assen for the premier class, the track’s condition continuing to improve after an afternoon of sun. Top times had been in the mid 1’34s during Free Practice 1, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) the first rider to drop into the 1’33s early in the second session. Several riders arrived in Assen with new parts, both the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders running a new frame on one of their bikes while Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) used a larger set of wings on his Honda, Marquez also using them later in the session. With rain predicted for Saturday morning, many riders pushed for a fast final lap and added even more excitement to the session. Just as he did in FP1, Iannone flew around the 4.5km TT Circuit Assen to set a fastest time of 1’33.591, 0.8s quicker than he was in the morning session. Due to his penalty in Barcelona the Italian will have to start from last, but if he can keep his pace up a top finish isn’t out of the question.


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#DutchGP: Tight championships and tighter final corners
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:45 PM
MotoGP
#DutchGP: Tight championships and tighter final corners


Just before the press conference, Carmelo Ezpeleta was joined by Lorenzo and Marquez to open the Tunnel of Fame in Assen, celebrating the premier class champions alongside a list of fast Dutch riders.

MotoGP™ World Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was joined by fellow title competitors Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) for the Assen press conference. 22 points split the three and Assen looks set to be a crucial weekend for all of them.


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IRTA and Dorna renew agreement for five years
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:44 PM
MotoGP
IRTA and Dorna renew agreement for five years


Ahead of the Motul TT Assen, Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of Dorna, Herve Poncharal, the president of IRTA and Mike Trimby, the CEO of IRTA, all gathered together to discuss the renewal of IRTA and Dorna’s relationship.

IRTA (International Road-Racing Teams Association) was formed in 1986 and represents the voice of all the Grand Prix teams in the decision-making process. They have worked alongside Dorna and the FIM to ensure that the interests of the teams are protected and raised.


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Moto3. Canet Starts Dutch TT As Fastest Rider
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:39 PM
MotoGP
Moto3. Canet Starts Dutch TT As Fastest Rider


Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Aron Canet tops a Moto3 World Championship practice session for the first time, going quickest overall on Friday. Lorenzo Dalla Porta ends his first day with the team in 22nd place.

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Espargaro Begins Motul TT Assen Charge
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:38 PM
MotoGP
Espargaro Begins Motul TT Assen Charge


Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Pol Espargaro got straight on the pace in the Netherlands and closed day one with a positive performance. The young Spaniard began strongly and after completing the first shake down laps, he quickly set about adjusting his Yamaha YZR-M1 to the iconic Assen circuit. He impressively finished the FP1 in 3rd, with a lap time that was a mere 0.074 from the position in front, which left him highly confident for the afternoon. Here, the 2013 Moto2 World Champion carried on his efforts and with rain expected tomorrow morning, he pushed and determinedly posted a best time on his penultimate lap that left him only half a second from the top. Espargaro now optimistically looks on to the all-important qualifying shootout at the Cathedral of Speed.

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Positive Start For Ducati Team Riders At Assen
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:38 PM
MotoGP
Positive Start For Ducati Team Riders At Assen


Both Ducati Team riders got off to a positive start at the Assen TT weekend. Andrea Iannone set the quickest time of the day in 1’33.591 after the first two free practice sessions at the Dutch circuit, while his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was classified in sixth place with a time of 1’34.011.

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Marquez And Pedrosa Make Progress On Difficult First Day In The Netherlands
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:37 PM
MotoGP
MotoGP. Marquez And Pedrosa Make Progress On Difficult First Day In The Netherlands


Repsol Honda Team riders conclude opening practice sessions at Assen with Marquez in third place, just one tenth off the pacesetter, and Pedrosa a further half-second behind in eleventh.

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ASPAR Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - FP
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:37 PM
MotoGP
ASPAR Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - FP


The long tradition of Dutch TT racing on Saturdays, which goes back as far as 1925, will end this weekend and as such it was a Friday that hosted the first free practice sessions today, with four factories finishing in the top four positions. Andrea Iannone clocked the fastest lap of Assen on his Ducati, with Valentino Rossi just 0.004 seconds adrift on his Yamaha. Honda's Marc Márquez, Suzuki's Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo, on the second factory Yamaha, complete a top five that lapped within four tenths of a second today. With rain forecast tomorrow, the big surprise of qualifying could prove to be Dani Pedrosa, who was eleventh fastest today and may have to contest Q1 if conditions are inclement for FP3 in the morning.

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Tech3 Duo Commence Assen Battle
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:37 PM
MotoGP
Tech3 Duo Commence Assen Battle


Tech3 Racing team rider Xavi Vierge kicked off his Motul TT Assen campaign with a determined performance in the opening shakedown today as he set about gathering as much experience as possible at the historic Dutch circuit, which he has never raced at before. After pushing hard and completing 20 laps in the morning session, the 18 year old carried on his work in FP2, and encouragingly set his quickest time on his penultimate lap on tyres that had completed more than race distance. Tomorrow, the young Spaniard will aim to continue his confidence boosting work in the Netherlands and obtain a positive qualifying position aboard the Mistral 610.

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Dutch TT Gets Underway In Assen For Repsol Honda Team
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:37 PM
MotoGP
Dutch TT Gets Underway In Assen For Repsol Honda Team


There were mixed feelings for the Repsol Honda men on a cloudy-but-dry opening day of the Dutch TT in Assen, with Marc Marquez finishing in a close third position, while Dani Pedrosa ended up 11th.

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A good Friday for Octo Pramac Yakhnich at Assen: Petrux 7th and Scott 10th
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:36 PM
MotoGP
A good Friday for Octo Pramac Yakhnich at Assen: Petrux 7th and Scott 10th


A Friday full of satisfaction for Octo Pramac Yakhnich at the historic Circuit of Assen.
The Dutch Grand Prix starts well with the double Top Ten conquered in FP2 by Petrux (7th) and Scott (10 °) which has a precious value primarily because of the variable climatic conditions that usually characterize the weekend at the "Cathedral of Speed" of MotoGP

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Lowes Satisfied With Progress Made On Day One At Assen
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:36 PM
MotoGP
Lowes Satisfied With Progress Made On Day One At Assen


Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 closed the first day of practice for the TT Assen, traditional Dutch round of the Moto2 World Championship, in third place: the 25-year-old British rider, who set a lap time of 1’38”320, said he was pleased with the work done in the two sessions available and tomorrow he will continue to work together with the team on his Kalex machine, looking for more rear grip and for a better front end feeling.

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Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - MotoGP Assen Friday
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:36 PM
MotoGP
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - MotoGP Assen Friday


The rainfall during the night created less than perfect track conditions for the first MotoGP practice session at Assen. The weather is one of the biggest unknowns on the Dutch track, given the extremely variable conditions during the weekend. Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl opted for a cautious approach, developing the feeling with their Aprilia RS-GP machines lap after lap.

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Solid First Day Of Practice At TT Assen For Bastianini And Di Giannantonio
Posted by: newsla on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 05:36 PM
MotoGP
Solid First Day Of Practice At TT Assen For Bastianini And Di Giannantonio


Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio enjoyed today a positive first day of practice at the TT Assen, eighth round of the 2016 Moto3 World Championship.

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Ducati Team Arrives At Assen For Dutch TT Showdown
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 05:32 PM
MotoGP
Ducati Team Arrives At Assen For Dutch TT Showdown


The Ducati Team have put the results of the Barcelona race behind them and have now arrived in the Netherlands for the eighth round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship, held this weekend at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, the Assen TT Circuit. The Dutch race continues to be the oldest one on the calendar (the first edition was in fact held in 1949), but this year it will take place for the first time ever on a Sunday, thus radically breaking with the tradition of being run on Saturday. The track has undergone a series of alterations and modifications over the years, but what has remained unchanged is the incredible number of spectators who pack the grandstands and grassy banks of Assen every year.

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Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin's secrets of Assen
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 05:31 PM
MotoGP
Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin's secrets of Assen


This weekend, MotoGP hits the only ever-present circuit on the World Championship calendar since it began in 1949. This year will be the first time that Assen has held Grand Prix racing on a Sunday.

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Assen Preview
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 05:25 PM
MotoGP
Assen Preview


Michelin is heading to the most northerly and one of the most historic venues on the MotoGP™ calendar as round eight of the championship rolls in to Assen in the Netherlands for the famous Dutch TT.

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Preview. Repsol Honda Team Look To Consolidate MotoGP Lead At 'The Cathedral'
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:06 PM
MotoGP
Preview. Repsol Honda Team Look To Consolidate MotoGP Lead At 'The Cathedral'


The Repsol Honda team riders come into the Dutch TT eager order to maintain their positive momentum, after a podium double at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

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Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - MotoGP Assen Preview
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:06 PM
MotoGP
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - MotoGP Assen Preview


The 4,542 metres of the TT Circuit Assen will mark MotoGP's return to the track for the eighth round of the 2016 Championship season. A historic track, the only one to have hosted a Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing round every year since 1949, modified several times over the years but always capable of providing an exciting show. This weekend will be the first time the races are held on Sunday instead of Saturday as they traditionally have been in the past.

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ASPAR Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - Preview
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:06 PM
MotoGP
ASPAR Team MotoGP - 08 Dutch GP - Preview


Tradition or modernisation? Uniqueness or uniformity? The MotoGP World Championship moves at dizzying speeds and finally this weekend, after years of racing on the final Saturday in June, the Dutch TT will ditch the former for the latter and embrace Sunday service at the ‘Cathedral of Speed.' However, history still seeps through every pore of the Assen TT Circuit, which welcomes the world's premier motorcycle racing series with Marc Márquez on top of the championship after seven rounds of the season so far. Márquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi are the only active riders in the series to have won here before – Rossi with seven, his latest coming last season, whilst Márquez and Lorenzo have one apiece. The trio lead this year's standings but are currently covered by less points than those on offer for a repeat win this Sunday.

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Repsol Honda Team Head To The Netherlands Looking To Fight For The Podium Again
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:05 PM
MotoGP
Repsol Honda Team Head To The Netherlands Looking To Fight For The Podium Again


After achieving a double podium finish in Catalunya a fortnight ago, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands, a circuit with such a long motorcycling tradition that it has earned the nickname “The Cathedral.”

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Dutch Sunday for Sam Lowes
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:05 PM
MotoGP
Dutch Sunday for Sam Lowes


The eighth round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship takes place this weekend at the historic TT Circuit Assen: this year, for the first time since 1949, racing at the Dutch TT will take place on Sunday instead of Saturday. An evocative and also very important event for Sam Lowes and for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2, fighting in the top positions of the standings.

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Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Head To 'The Cathedral' For Round 8 Of 2016 Season
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:05 PM
MotoGP
Moto3. Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Head To 'The Cathedral' For Round 8 Of 2016 Season


The legendary Assen circuit in the Netherlands hosts the latest round of action for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team, who will be represented by Aron Canet and stand-in rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta.

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Tech3 Duo Primed For The Cathedral Of Speed Challenge
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:27 AM
MotoGP
Tech3 Duo Primed For The Cathedral Of Speed Challenge


The Monster Yamaha Tech3 team pairing of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith optimistically await the eighth round of the 2016 MotoGP season at the legendary Assen circuit where they aim to storm to two top tier results. This weekend’s Motul TT Assen will be the first time in the race's history that it will run on Sunday as opposed to Saturday, with the venue being the only one to have hosted a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since 1949.

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Confidence High As Bastianini And Di Giannantonio Head To The Dutch TT
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:26 AM
MotoGP
Confidence High As Bastianini And Di Giannantonio Head To The Dutch TT


The 2016 Moto3 Campaign resumes this weekend at the historic TT Circuit Assen, the only venue to have hosted a round of the World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. Both Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers, Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio, arrive in the Netherlands galvanized by the results obtained in Barcelona: the 18-year-old rider from Rimini climbed the third step of the podium, while the 17-year-old rookie from Rome, after the beautiful podium finish at Mugello, was once again in the top ten by closing the Catalan GP in ninth place.

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