Movistar Yamaha Determined Ahead of Dutch GP

Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are ready for action at the TT Assen round, where they will be aiming for top results to mark Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.’s 63rd anniversary.

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Assen (The Netherlands), 27th June 2018
With last year’s TT Assen win still fresh in their memory, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is ready to fight at the front of the field again at this year‘s Dutch Grand Prix, held this weekend.

A year ago, Valentino Rossi had the crowds at the TT Circuit Assen go wild as he delivered a stunning victory. He is eager to enhance his key protagonist status again this year, and has his eyes fixed on the top step of the podium to celebrate Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.’s 63rd anniversary in style.

The Doctor holds a very impressive record on Dutch soil, having assembled eight wins in the premier class (2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2017) as well as victories in the 250cc (1998) and 125cc class (1997). Based on these statistics, he feels confident he can decrease the 27-point gap from his second place in the championship standings to first.

After a challenging weekend at his home GP a fortnight ago, Maverick Viñales made a good step at the one-day Catalunya test the Monday after, working on opening laps and riding with a full tank. He arrives in Assen holding third place in the standings and is set on making up for last year’s DNC.

The young Spaniard is well acquainted with the Assen rostrum from his time spent in the lower classes. He stood on the steps four times in total, having secured a 125cc win (2011), a Moto3 victory and second place (2012 and 2013), and a Moto2 second place (2014). This weekend he plans to return to the podium as a premier class rider and start bridging the 38-point margin to the leader in the rankings.

The TT Assen Circuit is often referred to as ‘The Cathedral of Speed’ and is loved amongst the majority of the racers, Rossi and Viñales being two of its biggest fans. The circuit was especially built for the Dutch GP in 1955 (previous events were held on public roads) and has staged a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since.

The current Assen track measures 4.5km and is known to be technical, with rapid changes in direction, a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners (six left, twelve right), no elevation changes, and has more than 100,000 enthusiastic fans visiting the event every year.

We’re heading to Assen, which is always a pleasure for our team, so we’re aiming for good results this weekend. Last year Vale took a brilliant victory, and we are sure Maverick will also be on the pace again, because he loves Assen and will be eager to make up for last year’s mistake. We‘re approaching the midway point of the season and Vale and Mack are still second and third in the championship standings, so our motivation to keep fighting is very high. The Dutch fans are also incredibly engaged in MotoGP and are always very supportive, so we’ll try to do our share to make this TT an unforgettable event for them again.
We’re heading to Assen, where I won last year. This gives mixed emotions. On the one hand this means it’s been a long time since I and Yamaha last won a race, so we need to work hard, on the other hand I’m happy because Assen is a fantastic track. Usually we are very competitive at the TT Circuit, but we have to check what the conditions and the situation will be like, because you never know what might happen there.
I’m happy because the next race is held at the amazing circuit of Assen. We’re almost in the middle of the season and we go to the Netherlands in a good position in the championship classifications, so we must keep improving and stay concentrated to get the maximum amount of points. I‘m happy after the Montmeló test, it was very positive for us and we had a good feeling with the bike. I think that we can be fast in the next race. I‘m very motivated for round 8 and at the same time very focused. This year we are tackling the season race by race, so let‘s keep working and let‘s see what happens on Sunday.

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