Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of Saturday's Dutch TT at Assen:
TVM one event sponsor RW Racing GP for Dutch TT
To the occasion of the Iveco Dutch TT insurance company TVM will be the one event sponsor of RW Racing GP. Jasper Iwema and Jakub Kornfeil will take part in the home race of their team with a green banner on their bikes.
Team owner Roelof Waninge is pleased with the participation of TVM, a Dutch company specialized in insurance of trucks and transport. "Of course. To me it is a sign that TVM sympathizes with motorsports in general and our team in particular. The Dutch TT is one of the most important races for us: the team is based in the area, our rider Jasper Iwema lives here. Preparation is not really different than to any other race, but the pressure and the expectations are much different. Especially in our home race we want to show something extra to our supporters and sponsors.’’
To TVM that is the exact reason to participate with RW Racing GP for this occasion. "As a Dutch company we are proud to be linked to the only Dutch team in GP racing,’’ CEO Arjan Bos explains. "Especially for the Dutch TT, because we expect to see some fireworks from RW Racing GP. We have high expectations of Jakub Kornfeil, but also Jasper Iwema, who is the sole permanent Dutch rider in Moto3.’’
After the failed Catalan GP, in which both Iwema as Kornfeil did not finish, it is of great importance for both riders to have a good result in Assen. "Mugello was a good race for me, but the final result was not,’’ Jasper Iwema tells. "I need a good result and it would be extra special to have it in my home race. Of course the pressure is different from other races, but I’ve been here before. It’s not my first Dutch TT and I know what to do. Last year wasn’t good, but this year I have a good team and a good bike. Physically I’m getting better as well, so there is nothing in my way to have a good result in Assen.’’
Gino Rea back to business in Moto2 Wildcard at Assen Grand Prix
Gino Rea and his Gino Rea Race Team, otherwise known as GRR8T, are set to return to the Moto2 World Championship next weekend at the Dutch circuit of Assen for the seventh round of the 2013 season. This will be the second race in Gino’s Moto2 wildcard campaign, having made a positive start at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans four weeks ago onboard his FTR machine. Despite a technical issue forcing Rea to eventually pit in, his trademark ‘Speedy G’ start saw him rocket from 31st on the grid to 15th by the end of the first lap. Rea had reached 12th and was battling with former World Champions for a third of the race before retiring.
Since Le Mans, the Moto2 World Championship went to Mugello and Catalunya with Rea unfortunately absent due to a lack of sponsorship. Having made the strategic decision to compete at tracks at which he is more familiar, Gino is very eager to be making his return at the TT Circuit of Assen.
Gino added: “Le Mans was a positive weekend for us, even with the issues we had we were still able to run inside the points come race day. I’m really looking forward to getting back on my FTR at Assen because the wait since the French GP has been way too long! After missing Mugello and CatalunyaIt’s it’s going to be hard to get back into race mode straight away but I’m eager to get back out on track in the Moto2 Championship. We’ve all been working hard to get things prepared and have even managed to squeeze in a couple of trackdays since Le Mans, so I can’t wait to get there and ride!”
Looking ahead, the Gino Rea Race Team have received official confirmation of their entry at the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on the 14th July. With the gap considerably smaller this time until his next Moto2 appearance, Gino will be hoping to impress having qualified on the second row at the German circuit in the 2012 season. Beyond Sachsenring, Gino is seeking the support of sponsors to help him make the grid at Brno and Silverstone, circuits where the Londoner enjoyed a World Supersport Victory and podium finishes. Fans can help Gino by purchasing Gino Rea merchandise at www.GinoReaClub.com. Gino will be selling updated photographs and t-shirts soon. Interested sponsors are urged to contact Gino Rea Race Team at email@example.com.
Marc VDS head for the Cathedral of Speed
Gosselies, Belgium - 25 June 2013: The Marc VDS Racing Team hop across the border from their base in Gosselies, Belgium to The Netherlands this weekend, for the Dutch TT at the historic Assen circuit, round seven of the FIM Moto2 World Championship.
Scott Redding heads to Assen with a 35 point lead in the championship standings, after a win in Mugello and a fourth place in Catalunya saw him collect 38 points at the two tracks on the calendar that punish his size and weight the most. The 20-year-old Briton ranks Assen as one of his favourite circuits and he heads to the North of Holland determined to repeat his podium success of last season.
Catalunya was a struggle for Mika Kallio, with set-up issues hampering his progress throughout free practice and qualifying, but the 30-year-old Finn overcame the issues in the race to take a top ten finish and keep his championship campaign on track. Kallio has won previously at Assen, aboard a 125cc machine back in 2006, and, like his teammate, has his sights set firmly on a return to the podium this weekend.
A big crash in Catalunya left Livio Loi battered and bruised, but the 16-year-old Belgian returns to action this weekend at a track he knows better than any other on the Moto3 calendar. Loi has won previously at Assen, in the closely contested Moriwaki Cup, and will be looking to take advantage of his previous experience at the 4.542km Assen track to close on the top ten in both qualifying and the race.
The historic Circuit van Drenthe, or the Cathedral of Speed as it is often referred to, is the only track that has appeared on the Grand Prix calendar every year since the series started in its current form back in 1949. A former public roads circuit, Assen is also unique in that it is the only round where the races are held on Saturday, rather than the more usual Sunday.
Scott Redding #45:
"I'm looking forward to returning to Assen, as it's definitely one of my favourite tracks to race at. Fourth in Catalunya, a track that really punishes my size, was a good result in terms of the championship, but it was also a little disappointing to miss out on a fifth podium finish in Spain. I was third at Assen last season and I think a podium finish this time around is a realistic goal, but even more important is to try and extend my lead over Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat in the championship standings. If I can do that and stand on the podium this weekend in Assen then I'll be a happy man."
Mika Kallio #36:
"Catalunya was hard work, and a little disappointing because we didn't get the result we were looking for. We came away from Spain with some ideas about the set-up of the bike and that's something we need to discuss internally ahead of this weekend's race in Assen. While we are heading to Holland off the back of a difficult race weekend in Spain, confidence remains high, as the team is working well. I like the Assen track and it's been a good one for me in the past, but I need to be back in the top five, preferably on the podium, there this weekend if I'm to keep my championship campaign on track. If we get the set-up right from the start of practice then I think this is a realistic goal."
Livio Loi #11:
"I'm feeling confident heading to Assen, despite the problems in Mugello and the crash in Catalunya. Before the Catalunya crash everything was working well and I was inside the top ten in the race, but then a rider closed the door on me going into turn five and I was already on the limit with the brakes. I had no choice but to brake harder to avoid him and, as a result, I lost the front and crashed. I had a bit of a headache for a few days afterwards, but I'm back to full fitness now and I've been training hard for Assen. My goal, as always, is top 15 in qualifying and the race but, as we saw in Catalunya, when things are working well then top ten is a possibility."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Catalunya has always been a tough track for Scott, but he came away with 13 points and only a slight reduction in his lead at the top of the championship, which was a job well done. Now we head to Assen, a track that Scott likes and one where I'm confident he can repeat his podium success of last season. We need to find a solution to Mika's problems in practice and qualifying this weekend. His race pace is good, as he shows every weekend, but his starting position is robbing him of podium opportunities all too often. Livio has had two difficult rounds, with set-up issues in Mugello and a big crash last time out in Catalunya. This weekend at Assen, a track he knows very well, he needs to put the last two races behind him and regain his confidence on the bike. If he can do that then there's no reason why he shouldn't be pushing towards the top ten in both qualifying and the race."
More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com.
Red Bull KTM Ajo ready to roll at "The Cathedral"
Red Bull KTM Ajo team head to historic Assen with Luis Salom as Moto3 series leader, plus Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis inside the top ten.
25/06/2013 - Assen Circuit
The 65th Dutch TT takes place at the Assen Circuit this weekend. "The Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing" has held World Championship events since 1949, and will be the scene for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team’s attempt to continue a superb run of results in 2013. Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis come into round seven looking to extend the team’s podium form to 20 consecutive races.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Salom leads the Moto3 standings and has not been off the rostrum at the opening six races of the season. He won his second race in a row last time out, in Catalonia, and also holds a strong record at Assen. It was at the Dutch track, in 2011, that he took his first GP podium with second place in the 125cc race. Last season he was just off the podium after a great battle.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin earned his first fastest lap honour in a race in the last edition of the Dutch TT. He placed eleventh in that contest, and looks to be quickest right from Thursday this time around. He was very comfortable onboard his KTM at the last round of the series.
Arthur Sissis is a previous racewinner at Assen, having taken victory in the 2011 Red Bull Rookies Cup. The track is one of his favourites, and he comes into the race as a top ten finisher at the Catalan GP. He placed sixteenth at the 2012 Dutch TT.
In the traditional Dutch TT timetable, the event begins on Thursday with Free Practice sessions and the race takes place on Saturday.
Circuit information - Assen
Length: 4.542 m. / 2,822 miles
Width: 14 metres
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 12
Longest straight: 487 m. / 0,303 miles
"Assen is a track that I like and of which I have very good memories. In 2007 I got my first victory in the Red Bull Rookies Cup there, whilst in 2011 it was where I took my first World Championship podium and last year I was fighting for victory until the end. We'll see how the race goes, but I guess it will be contested between a large group of riders at the front. It seems that the weather forecasts are not very good, but whatever happens it will be a very difficult race."
"Assen is one of my favorite tracks on the calendar, because it's very fast and has many high speed corners. It's very nice and I enjoy myself a lot on the bike there. To me, it's one of the best circuits around. There are different parts of the track that I love. There is a sequence in the middle of the track, of Turns 6, 7 & 8, where you go right, left, right very fast. It’s really fun, just like the final sector which is all-out on the gas. The final corner is also really great.
In the Red Bull Rookies Cup, in 2011, I did a very good job there, with a win and a second place, so I hope to repeat that kind of performance this week."
"This track is quite short and has a lot of corners —18—, with most of them very fast. I'll have to give 100% and stay focused on every lap. I hope to be able to feel comfortable as quickly as possible, as we are very close to finding the perfect setup for my riding style. The first goal for the weekend is to be amongst the fastest riders in the first free practice sessions.
Last year it was a good race for us and we got the fastest lap on the Saturday, so I hope this year is the same! On the first section of the track I was very fast, and that is my favorite part of the circuit. I'll have to spend some time on improving the final sector, because on the fast corners there last year I found things a little tough."
Niklas Ajo out to repeat strong performance at Assen
Avant Tecno KTM rider looking to match or better showing from last season at "Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing", and put Catalan GP disappointment behind him.
25/06/2013 - Assen Circuit
The Assen circuit dubbed "The Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing" hosts another World Championship round this weekend –the 65th Dutch TT. Niklas Ajo comes into the Moto3 race at the track with the aim of putting the Catalan GP behind him and taking a good result. Last year he was eighth in the race at Assen and took his career best qualifying position of fifth.
Eighteen corners –the majority taken at high speeds– form the 4.542km Assen circuit. The track is a favourite of the Avant Tecno KTM rider, who has been raring to get back on his bike after a first-lap crash at the Catalan GP. The Finn has been training hard and helping out young Spanish Championship riders in the meantime.
At almost full fitness heading to the Dutch round, Niklas aims to take as many points as possible this weekend. Last season he felt very comfortable at the track, and hopes to repeat that this year.
The Dutch TT takes place from Thursday through Saturday, as per its unique tradition.
"After the Catalan Grand Prix, I'm feeling fine. Luckily, I have no injuries from the crashes that I suffered. Now the goal is to forget about the last round and try to get as many points as possible in the next two races. The first appointment is Assen –a track that I really like. The first part is quite slow, but the rest of the track is fast. The last fast corner and chicane are really nice.
I have mixed memories of the circuit, but most are good. Last year we went really well, so I'll see if I can repeat that performance this weekend."
MotoGP Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia FMI in the University of Two Wheels
After a positive yet unlucky week-end in Barcelona, San Carlo Team Italia FMI is ready to hit the historical Assen track to seal a prestigious result.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), after storming back through the field in Montmeló, where he finished in the first group of chasers, is ready to make the most of the improved setup on his Honda-FTR to confirm his knack for the technical Dutch track, where last year he finished just two tenths behind the Top 10 as a rookie.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), at his debut in Assen, resumes action with an increased confidence in both his potential and that of the bike after a great comeback during the race in Barcelona, where he started from 32nd position after the unlucky, technical problems during qualifiers. The Italian, who barely missed the Top 15 in the last two races, is ready to score his maiden points in the prestigious "University".
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"First of all we have to work well ahead of QP, because the quality of the riders and their knowledge of the bike is proven beyond discussion. If we could start from second or third row, we could score great results with both of them. Pecco was simply unlucky in Barcelona, where he suffered an electrical problem during WP, while Fenati showed a rhythm that could have granted him the podium if only he started further ahead. We will give our all from the very beginning, and we hope to score a good result on Saturday."
ANTONELLI AND BALDASSARRI READY FOR 'UNIVERSITY'
It is time for Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 youngsters Lorenzo Baldassarri and Niccolo Antonelli to go to 'University' this weekend as the World Championship moves on to Holland for round seven. It is one of several nicknames for the legendary TT Circuit Assen but for Antonelli and Baldassarri this weekend really does present another opportunity to continue their Moto3 education. The layout should suit both riders and although the weather is always an unknown factor at this event both riders are determined to do well.
Niccolo’ Antonelli “I am really looking forward to racing at Assen. The 'University' of two wheels is a good place for me to forget the disappointment of the last race in Barcelona. I know I have the potential to do a good job and I will be fully focused on that task this weekend. Obviously it won't be an easy race because the weather tends to be variable and often plays a big role but we need to be ready for everything and I will be working hard with the team to make sure we are amongst the main protagonists of the Grand Prix. I really want to have fun and to give myself and the team some excitement.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri “After a good weekend in Barcelona, where we set a good pace especially in practice, I really want to build on it at Assen. It is a legendary circuit and I am excited to get out and ride such an historic track. We will work hard to be competitive from the start, to have a good Grand Prix and to come away with some points. We have to expect the worst from the weather but also be ready for it. But I am confident and ready to give my best to be on the pace in Holland.”
Fausto Gresini “The first part of the season has not been easy for either of our two young riders but we have faith in their huge potential and we continue to work hard alongside them with great determination. They can both be frontrunners in Moto3 and we strongly believe in them. I am sure Assen will suit their characteristics well. It is not an easy circuit but it is a big opportunity for riders with potential like Niccolò and Lorenzo so I am really looking forward to this weekend in Holland.”
Both Binders ready to race at The Cathedral of Speed
Brad and Darryn Binder are back together in the Moto GP paddock as the Red Bull Moto GP Rookies enters Round 5 and 6 of the 2013 Championship. For Moto 3 it is Round 7. Assen is the only circuit to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. For the Red Bull Moto GP Rookies it is a special event having competed at the Assen TT circuit since the inception of Rookies in 2007.
Brad has competed at the famous Dutch TT Circuit since he was a Rookie, this will be the second time that he will take to the grid in the Moto 3 Class, this time there is everything to fight for. Brad is currently 8th in the World Championship Standings and leads the charge of Honda Riders but the points are close – extremely close. With the experienced Frenchman - Alexis Masbou just three points adrift of Brad and Australian – Jack Miller lagging by just nine points there is close racing for every Championship point.
Darryn Binder will enter into the two Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Races determined to move into the Top 10 – he currently lies in 11th place, 6 points behind Spanish Rider – Marcos Ramirez. Following his outstanding performances back in South Africa in the Regional Racing Series, he is extremely excited to be at Assen as a competitor and not just as a spectator.
“The Cathedral” of motorcycle racing was fundamentally redesigned in 1955 and again in 2006, only one section of the circuit is original nowadays. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is fully surrounded by grass banks and grandstands. The circuit is 4.542m in length and has 6 left corners and 12 right hand corners, the longest straight is 487m.
PRADITA TO LEARN FROM GIBERNAU ADVICE
Doni Tata Pradita heads to Assen for the seventh round of the Moto2 World Championship this week with the advice of former MotoGP star Sete Gibernau ringing in his ears. The Indonesian rider met up with Gibernau in Barcelona and the Spaniard was happy to give him a few tips and set him some realistic goals for the season. Doni is determined to learn and the team is sure he will be able to put Gibernau's advice into practice.
Doni Tata Pradita “The goal at Assen is to make up for a bad result in Barcelona, which was very disappointing. Whilst we were in Spain I was lucky enough to meet Sete Gibernau and I am sure that with the advice he gave me I will be able to improve my performances. It is always important to listen to others and then try to put their advice into practice, especially a rider with the experience of Sete. Listening to what he had to say, our goal of finishing in the points feels like it is not an impossible task.”
Fausto Gresini “I am happy that Doni had the chance to speak to Sete and I think the advice of an expert rider like Gibernau can help Doni make important progress. Pradita is a hard-working rider and he is always open to suggestions so I think we will soon start to see him make notable improvements.”
WILAIROT TURNS FOCUS TO ASSEN
Ratthapark Wilairot heads to the seventh round of the Moto2 World Championship at Assen this week looking to make up for the disappointment of a final lap crash in Barcelona last time out. The Thai rider knows that he needs to be fully focused when tackling the complexities of the TT circuit if he is to come up with a more positive result and recover from another unwanted setback to his season.
Ratthapark Wilairot “I am still disappointed with the 'zero' from Montmelò and I want to do everything possible this week to put the weekend behind me. I have tried to prepare myself for this race as well as possible by focusing on my physical training and doing some laps on a minibike. I have reflected a lot on the last Grand Prix and now I have some clear ideas. I want to focus this week on the set-up of the bike because we are not a long way from being competitive. Assen is my favourite track and I want to do well there at all costs."
Fausto Gresini “Feem has had some thinking to do since Barcelona and I think he will arrive at Assen with a fresh attitude. He believes in the potential of his bike and of what he is capable of doing with it together with the team. He needs to stay focused and give maximum effort towards achieving the result he wants and is capable of.”