The Ducati Team in Assen looking to continue its winning ways

This weekend the MotoGP schedule will feature a big classic, the Assen race, which has been on the calendar without interruption since the first ever World Championship in 1949.

The Ducati Team arrives in Holland having clinched two consecutive victories by Jorge Lorenzo. After the terrific win in Mugello, the Spanish rider pulled off a repeat on home territory in Barcelona, giving a racing performance over the weekend where he dominated the competition right from Friday. Sad to say, for Dovizioso the Montemelò race had a bitter outcome with the Italian rider taking a fall while in third place as he struggled to achieve victory.

The Assen track has changed several times over the years; it’s rather curvy now and with fewer stretches to exploit the full power of the bike. The new configuration of the Dutch track calls for more intense handling of the bike and the many changes in direction put the chassis to a real test.

The asphalt in Assen 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. 

Here you can find the timetable of the racing weekend

day/session
local time
Friday
FP1
09.55 - 10.40
FP2
14.05 - 14.50
Saturday
FP3
09.55 - 10.40
FP4
13.30 - 14. 00
Q1
14.10 - 14.25
Q2
14.35 - 14.50
Sunday
Warm-Up
09.40 - 10.00
Race
14.00
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