Johann Zarco chases third win in a row as Moto2 hits Assen


Ajo Motorsport rider wants to continue to close the gap on the lead of the Moto2 World Championship at ‘The Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing.’

Wins at the last two rounds of the Moto2 World Championship, held at Mugello and Barcelona, have allowed Johann Zarco to close the gap to the series leader to just 10 points -third overall-. The reigning World Champion has another good omen for the Dutch TT, which takes place this weekend: He won last year’s race at Assen.

The Ajo Motorsport rider’s victory there last season had been a long time coming. After four consecutive Top 10 finishes at the ‘Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing’ in previous years, Zarco claimed pole position and powered his way to glory at the 2015 event. He aims to repeat the feat in 2016, and is back to his best form in the title chase.

For the first time, after 68 years of Dutch TT races being held on a Saturday, this season raceday has been moved to Sunday at 12:20pm. Before that, the Free Practice and Qualifying schedule follows the standard European timetable and begins on Friday morning.

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
Constructed: 1955
Modified: 2012

“It will be the first time we will ride at Assen on a Sunday, so it will be interesting, although the planning for the weekend does not change at all. Last year we did very well there, but now it’s all about the feeling that we have with the current bike and pushing as hard as possible -as we did in the last few rounds. The first objective will be, whatever the conditions, to take advantage of Friday to analyse different tyres and when to use them. That will be important for Saturday, when we will chase a spot in the front row. In Barcelona I was able to be get there for the first time in a long while, and I realised that it was a great help. For Sunday, I hope that we get the same result as at the Catalan GP.”