Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Anticipate Action-Packed TT Assen

The Monster Energy MotoGP Team are impatient to get Round 9 started at the TT Circuit Assen this weekend, which marks the half-way stage of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
Assen (The Netherlands), 23rd June 2021
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP have left the Sachsenring and headed north-west to the TT Circuit Assen, the Dutch track that’s often referred to as ‘The Cathedral’ of motorcycling. The team, Fabio Quartararo, and Maverick Viñales have booked their fair share of successes in the Netherlands in previous years and can’t wait for an action-packed race weekend in front of some cheering Dutch fans.

Fresh off the German GP rostrum, Quartararo is already fully focused on the task ahead. Following a third place at the Sachsenring last Sunday, a circuit he finds challenging, the Frenchman is in good shape to charge for the podium again at TT Circuit Assen, which he loves.

El Diablo has scored some impressive results in The Netherlands so far. In his Moto3 debut year (2015) he secured a second place there. He equalled the achievement in the Moto2 class in 2018, and he followed this up with a third place in the MotoGP class the year after. Due to the global pandemic, he has not had the opportunity to better this premier class performance until now, making him extra excited for the upcoming round.

After the disappointment in Germany, Viñales is keen to retaliate. He intends to put the last outing behind him, keep the positive vibes going this weekend, and gain some momentum at the TT Circuit Assen.

The number-12 rider has enjoyed strong results at the much-beloved Dutch track. He enjoyed a four-podium streak in Assen, securing a 125cc win in 2011 (his Grand Prix racing debut year), a Moto3 win in 2012, a second place in Moto3 in 2013, and a Moto2 second place in 2014. Once he moved up to the premier class, he got up on the rostrum with Yamaha twice, scoring a third place in 2018 and a brilliant win in 2019, making him the latest Dutch GP winner.

The TT Circuit Assen was especially built for the Dutch GP in 1955, but Assen has been part of the Motorcycle World Championship calendar every year since 1949, as the race was originally held on public roads. The current Assen track measures 4.5km and remains a favourite amongst riders thanks to its rapid changes in directions, coupled with a nice mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners (six left and twelve right). Especially the Geert Timmer chicane just before the start-finish straight makes for great entertainment right in front of the main grandstand.

Our MotoGP eSport Riders Lorenzo Daretti (73Trast) and Michael Amara (Vindex) wanted an extra challenge for this week's MotoGP eSport video. They held a 7-lap race at the TT Circuit Assen in full wet conditions, whilst the MotoGP21 videogame was set on hard-mode.
Massimo Meregalli

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

We are starting the Assen round with some optimism and quite a lot of drive to prove ourselves. We can’t be satisfied about the previous round. We’re determined to give a stronger performance at the Dutch GP. Assen is a circuit both our riders really like, and it’s a track that suits our bike. Our team always has fun at this round, but we will also have our game face on. This is the last GP before the summer break, and we want to end the first half of the season on the podium in the best way possible. To do so, we need to be on the mark in every session, so that will be our goal throughout the weekend.
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Rider

In MotoGP you need speed and consistency, and this year we have both. Finishing third at the Sachsenring was good, considering we were struggling a bit that weekend. Being on the podium after a ‘bad weekend’ makes us feel even more positive about the future. This weekend we’re riding at TT Circuit Assen, which is one of my favourite circuits, and it suits the Yamaha well. I wish it was Friday already!
Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales

Assen is a circuit that I really like, so I’m looking forward to riding there. I really want to get back on the M1 as soon as possible, so we can start working on the bike again. After a disappointing weekend we always want to keep working and find a way to improve. We clearly have a lot of work ahead of us, but that’s okay. I won the Dutch GP in 2019, before the pandemic, so at least we know that a similar set-up to the one we used then should be a good starting point.