The Ducati Team arrives in Holland after a bittersweet weekend in Catalunya. While Petrucci's podium confirmed the excellent form of the rider from Terni, Dovizioso's elimination early in the race was particularly disappointing, especially for the effect on championship standings. It's true that we're not even half way through the season, but losing points through no fault of your own is truly annoying.
Next on the calendar is the Dutch stage where Danilo wants to continue the chain of podiums that started in France, while for Dovi the imperative is to recover points in the standings. This despite the fact that the circuit in the north of Holland is one of the most stingy in terms of results for the Desmosedici GP. The only victory was in 2008 with Casey Stoner, while the last podium for a Ducati was earned by Scott Redding, who in 2016 took third place on the bike of the Pramac racing team.
The Assen track, which has been modified several times over the years, is now rather tortuous, with few stretches where power can be maxed out, and despite the fact that the new track no longer sets any speed records the Dutch have renamed it the “cathedral of speed”. The new configuration calls for more intense handling of the bike and the many changes in direction put the chassis to a real test. The asphalt here is known for being one of the least abrasive in the world, so it's always tough for the riders to find the desired grip. And let's not forget the weather factor, often a key variable in Assen, with sudden downpours that drench the asphalt which just as quickly dries off. So we can't underestimate the possibility of a "flag to flag" race, with a change in bike as the track conditions evolve.