The Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team is keen to take on the TT Circuit Assen this weekend, also known as ’The Cathedral‘ or ’The Cathedral of Speed‘. Manuel Gonzalez is familiar with the legendary track already, while it will be a new and exciting challenge for Keminth Kubo.
Gonzalez‘ 12th place in Germany last Sunday has left him fully motivated to get another point-scoring result this weekend. He knows the TT Circuit Assen well thanks to a Moto2 Wild Card experience last year. He likes this track and is eager to get a good result here in the final push before the MotoGP summer break starts.
Keminth is hoping to retaliate in Assen after a difficult weekend in Chemnitz. Now fully back in the swing of things, he hopes to show solid race pace again like he did on the German GP Sunday. Though he has never ridden at this track before, he feels up for the challenge.
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, when the race was still 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.