june 21, 2017 - Yamaha Racing

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Anticipate Action in Assen

Following a productive test in Barcelona a little more than a week ago, the Movistar #yamaha #motogp Team look forward to an action-packed race at the Motul TT #assen round, where #maverickvinales and #valentinorossi are keen to feature at the front of the pack.

After a challenging weekend in his home country but a positive two track days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Viñales is set on making his return to the podium this weekend. He is on a mission of extending his seven-point lead in the championship at a track that he feels suits both the bike and his riding style.

The young Spaniard has enjoyed strong results at the TT circuit in his six years of Grand Prix #racing. He has won twice at this circuit and stood on the podium four times in total, securing a 125cc win in 2011, a Moto3 win and second place in 2012 and 2013, and a Moto2 second place in 2014. His best score in the #motogp class was ninth place in a difficult race last year that was influenced by dramatic rainfall.

Last years downpour at the TT Circuit #assen spoiled Rossis challenge for the win, leaving the nine-time World Champion determined to make amends. He plans to make a strong comeback at the Dutch track, which he particularly likes, and hes got the results to back up his ambitions.

The Italian holds a very impressive record at the track that is often referred to as "the cathedral" of motorcycling, having claimed seven wins in the premier class on Dutch soil in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015, as well as victories in the 250cc (1998) and 125cc class (1997). He aims to add another top step finish to his résumé this weekend to close the 28-point gap to his teammate and move up from fifth place in the championship standings.

The TT #assen Circuit was especially built for the Dutch GP in 1949 and has staged a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since. The current #assen track measures 4.5km and is a favourite amongst riders thanks to its rapid change in directions, attractive mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners (six left and twelve right), and the enthusiasm of the thousands of fans drawn to this prestigious event.