After a five-week break in the championship, The Netherlands brought its ever-passionate Dutch fans, and the famous fast and flowing track added an extra air of excitement for the four categories that Yamaha competes in. There was also a share of unpredictable weather conditions added into the mix for the race weekend from April 21st – 23rd, although the vast majority of track action was held in the dry.
Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager, commented:
“It was fantastic to get back to racing after such a long break, and great to see the grandstands at Assen packed with so many more passionate fans than last year. It is also the home race for Yamaha Motor Europe, which is based in The Netherlands, so we were able to welcome a lot of our colleagues to the event and give them a bit of an insight into what we do. Assen was also the first race of the season where we’ve brought the complete WorldSBK Paddock together once again, with both our WorldSSP300 and R3 bLU cRU European Championship riders getting their seasons underway. I would like to take this opportunity to wish a speedy recovery to Michael van der Mark after his awful crash on Sunday, he is a much-loved former Yamaha rider and we all wish him the best.”