By totalmotorcycle @Honda #Riders Ready to Go at Historic @Assen
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) arrives at MotoGP’s most historic venue after regaining the World Championship lead in a hard-fought Catalan Grand Prix earlier this month. Marquez finished the race a close second, while previous points leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) was taken out by another rider.
Marquez’s second-place finish was his sixth podium result from the first seven of 18 races and puts him ten points ahead of Lorenzo, with former champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) in third. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) holds fourth overall after achieving his second podium of 2016 at Catalunya and completing Repsol Honda’s second podium double of the year.
Assen is the only MotoGP venue that’s been part of the series since the World Championship’s inaugural season in 1949. The Dutch round is also unique in that it’s a TT (Tourist Trophy) event instead of a Grand Prix. This harks back to the very beginnings of racing when competitors raced road bikes, known as touring models. Assen lets slip one age-old tradition this weekend – it drops its usual Thursday/Friday/Saturday format in favor of the standard Friday/Saturday/Sunday program.
Marquez has played his own part in Assen’s history, with four victories across all three classes during his last six visits. In 2010 he won the 125 race, in 2011 and 2012 the Moto2 race and in 2014 the MotoGP race. Last year the remarkable Spaniard fought for victory until the last corner, where a collision with Rossi dropped him to second place.
Marquez goes into the 2016 Dutch TT building strength as his team and the Honda Racing Corporation solve the riddle of one of this year’s crucial technical changes, the switch to same-for-all electronics software. The new software has been a challenge for a company that, uniquely in MotoGP, …read more