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Bautista Confident For Assen After Aragon Test
Posted by: newsla on Jun 26, 2013 - 06:50 AM
Bautista Confident For Assen After Aragon Test

For the 65th time in succession the MotoGP World Championship stops off at Assen this week for the legendary Dutch TT. The only circuit to have hosted a round of the series every year since its inception in 1949, Assen has undergone several modifications over the decades but it retains a sense of mystique and tradition. Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini head to Holland in high spirits following a positive recent test at the Aragon circuit. For Alvaro Bautista it was an important opportunity to put a disappointing Catalan Grand Prix behind him and now the Spanish rider is looking forward after working closely with the technicians from Showa and Nissin to find a setting for the RC213V that gives him the confidence to push it to the limit on track. After scoring his first championship points in Barcelona, Bryan Staring finally heads to a circuit he has prior experience of, hoping his track knowledge can help him make the most of the available track time.


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Alvaro Bautista “The crash on the first lap of the race at the Catalan Grand Prix left a very bitter taste in my mouth. Psychologically it was a heavy blow for me because before the start of the race I felt we were in good shape. Myself and the team had done a great job during practice to find a setting for the bike that allowed me to set a good pace and then in qualifying we were able to secure an optimum starting position, in fourth place. Overall everything was in place for us to have a great race but unfortunately what happened at Montemelò is part of racing. It was just so disappointing because it was a home race and for it to happen in front of your own fans was tough to take, for me and the team. Now I want to forget all that and focus on the positives that we found over the weekend and in the test afterwards at Aragon. I am really determined to do a good job in Holland now and start to recover the points we have lost in the last two rounds. Last year at Assen we were competitive up until the start of the race, when I made a mistake. This year I will be more cautious and I think we can do a good job from the first session because this year we have the potential. It's a difficult track with a slow first section and then some faster sections in the second half. It's not easy to find a compromise with the setting to suit both halves of the track but we will try. Obviously the weather is usually a factor here too and you can sometimes get damp sections and dry sections but that's Holland!”

Bryan Staring “After a positive result in the Catalan Grand Prix, where I scored my first World Championship points, I go to Holland with a different approach. I feel motivated and confident about this race especially because I finally won't have to spend time learning the track because I already know it. I really like Assen and I will be able to start work on the machine straight away. I am desperate to do well this weekend and get the most out of the bike so that I can show my potential.”

Fausto Gresini “We go to Assen in good spirits and with a lot of motivation. It is an important race for Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini and Alvaro because we need to confirm the work we did at Aragon and put the bad memories of Barcelona behind us. At Aragon there was a lot of important work done by both Showa and Nissin alongside the team to allow Alvaro to rebuild his confidence with the bike and be competitive again at the next race. Finally Bryan gets to go to a track he knows, which will help him show his real potential. He won't have to waste time learning the track and will be able to concentrate on finding a good set-up for the race.”

Circuit TT Circuit Assen
Nation NED
Location Assen
Lenght 4542 mt.
Width 14 mt.
Longest straight 487 mt.
Left corners 6
Right Corners 12
Pole position Left


Loris Capirossi's stunning victory in the 250cc race at Assen in 1999 is written into the fabric of the great TT circuit, the Italian beating countryman Valentino Rossi in a memorable finish. It is without doubt the happiest memory for Team Gresini at Assen, although there are other notable results such as Emilio Alzamora's third place in the rain in 2001 – a result repeated by Roberto Rolfo the following year. The team were celebrating victory again in 2003 thanks to Sete Gibernau, who almost repeated the result in 2004 only to be beaten to the line by just 0.4 seconds by Rossi. In 2005 Marco Melandri added to the team's Dutch TT podium tally with second place, whilst Toni Elias picked up another one in Moto2 in 2010.


Assen has been a fixture on the MotoGP World Championship ever since the series was born back in 1949 and it has become known as 'The Cathedral' of motorcycle racing. The circuit began life in 1925 as a street course on the roads surrounding the current facility, with an event that to this day is known as the TT (Tourist Trophy) – like its sister event on the Isle of Man. The most recent modifications to the layout, completed in 2006, have left only traces of the original circuit. The city of Assen is the capital of the Drenthe region in Holland, having received city rights in 1809. However, it has strong prehistoric roots, with 52 of the country's 54 known megalithes being located in Drenthe. As in much of the country the bicycle is the most popular means of transport in Assen, which boasts up to 1400km of cycle paths around its rural boundaries.

( Time Zone +2 GMT Weather (10°C / 19° C, 50° F / 66° F)

Thursday, June 27th
Moto3 FP1 09:00 - 09:40
MotoGP FP1 09:55 - 10:40
Moto2 FP1 10:55 - 11:40
Moto3 FP2 13:10 - 13:50
MotoGP FP2 14:05 - 14:50
Moto2 FP2 15:05 - 15:50

Friday, June 28th
Moto3 FP3 09:00 - 09:40
MotoGP FP3 09:55 - 10:40
Moto2 FP3 10:55 - 11:40
Moto3 QP 12:35 - 13:15
MotoGP FP4 13:30 - 14:00
MotoGP Q1 14:10 - 14:25
MotoGP Q2 14:35 - 14:50
Moto2 QP 15:05 - 15:50

Saturday, June 29th
Moto3 WUP 08:40 - 09:00
Moto2 WUP 09:10 - 09:30
MotoGP WUP 09:40 - 10:00
Moto3 RACE 11.00
Moto2 RACE 12.20
MotoGP RACE 14.00

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