From Assen to Austin, Ducati on the track in two different continents

The 2019 racing season is definitely back in full swing and next weekend will be quite exciting, with both MotoGP and Superbike on the track.

Having shelved its weekend in Argentina, the Mission Winnow Ducati team is preparing for the race that will take place in Austin on the Circuit of the Americas

The Texan racetrack, one of the last added to the MotoGP calendar, is a technical track with some sprints that make it possible to fully exploit the engine's power, and features the championship's longest straight (1,200 m) where the motorcycles can reach speeds of around 340kmh. It's an atypical track because the direction of travel is counter clockwise, but the number of curves is balanced, with 9 right turns and 11 left turns. 

The five races held here have always had the same winner – Marc Marquez – and Ducati hasn't had a lot of success. With the exception of the first race in 2015, where Dovizioso scored h is first podium on the Desmosedici GP, in subsequent editions the Texas circuit has been quite stingy with results for the red team. 

As usual, for the American race Ducati riders will enjoy great support from the many local Ducati fans who will gather at Ducati Island, a village i n true Ducati style within the circuit, where, in addition to being able to watch the race from a privileged position, fans in red will be entertained by the many activities planned, including an autograph session with Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci

Americas GP
Circuit Of The Americas (Americas GP)
12 April - 14 April 2019 Circuit Of The Americas
General info

The Circuit of The Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the USA near Austin, Texas, with a 5.513km track and a capacity for 120,000 fans. Construction of the facility was completed late 2012. One of its more distinctive features is an impressive incline at the end of the main straight followed by a sharp left. The circuit was designed by the well-known German architect Hermann Tilke

Circuit data
  • Length 5.513 Km
  • Turns 20
  • Fastest Lap 2'03''575
  • Laps number 20
  • Avarage speed 159.7
  • 12 April
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 13 April
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Free practice 4 UTC
    • Qualify 1 UTC
    • Qualify 2 UTC
  • 14 April
    • Race UTC

There wasn't even enough time to let the bikes cool down after the three races in Aragon and the Superbike circus had to pack up and move hastily on to Assen for the next stage of the championship.

The Spanish race confirmed the excellent form of the Bautista - Davies duo, so they will be competing in the Dutch round from the top of the standings. 

Alvaro took top honours in his home race as well, fully dominating at Aragon. The Spanish rider's synergy with the new Panigale V4 R is impressive, and seeing him ride the 4-cylinder is a pleasure, also considering the fact that, for the moment, he has left his competitors in the dust.

As expected, in Aragon Chaz Davies managed to take another step forward in meshing better with the new motorcycle. The Welshman returned to the top of the standings winning two podiums. It's true that Assen isn't one of his favourite tracks, but the potential of the Panigale V4 R will allow h im to continue his growth. 

Assen is a great classic on the Superbike calendar, and the circuit - renamed the Cathedral of Speed - has lately become a sort of taboo for the Italian team as Ducati has not triumphed in the Netherlands since 2012 (Guintoli on the 1098). But the beauty of motorcycle racing is the fact that unpredictability is just around the corner, and more importantly we are on a track where the rather fickle weather conditions can affect any choice. So watch out for the weather, as well as all the opponents, because at Assen it's often the elements that dictate the conditions. 

Dutch Round
Circuit Van Drenthe (Dutch Round)
12 April - 14 April 2019 Circuit Van Drenthe
General info

Assen circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in direction, and is surrounded by grass banks and grandstands, providing excellent viewing for the massive number of fans drawn to this prestigious event every year. Modifications to the circuit in 2005/6 saw the length of the championship’s longest serving track cut from over 6 km down to its current lap of 4.5 km.

Circuit data
  • Length 4.542 Km
  • Turns 17
  • Fastest Lap 1'34''564
  • Laps number 21
  • Avarage speed 172.91
  • 12 April
    • Free practice 1 UTC
    • Free practice 2 UTC
  • 13 April
    • Free practice 3 UTC
    • Superpole UTC
  • 14 April
    • Race UTC
    • Race 1 UTC
    • Race 2 UTC
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