Last push in Assen for the Repsol Honda Team before Summer Break

Last push in Assen for the Repsol Honda Team before Summer Break

21.06.2022: TT Assen MotoGP 2022 Round 11 One last race before the mid-season Summer Break and both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl know what they have to do this weekend.

TT Assen
MotoGP 2022   Round 11

 

One last race before the mid-season Summer Break and both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl know what they have to do this weekend.



Assen offers a radical change from the demands of the Sachsenring, the tight anti-clockwise German track making way for the fast and flowing Dutch circuit. Having held races since 1949, the TT Assen is steeped in history and has undergone several modifications throughout its life. The current circuit is characterised by a tight first sector which opens into a fast and flowing section before arriving at the infamous Geert Timmer Bocht chicane just before the finish line.



Pol Espargaro arrives at the Dutch race looking to put an end to his run of misfortune, having failed to score in the last three races. A combination of bad luck and injuries have plagued the #44 as of late as he and the Repsol Honda Team have continued to try and chase their early season form.



Intense recovery work while at home has seen some improvements to his injured left ribs, but it looks set to be another physically demanding weekend racing just a week later. In the past, Espargaro has been a consistent point scorer in the Netherlands and finished tenth last year on the RC213V.



For Stefan Bradl, the last race before the Summer Break is a chance to put the pace he showed during German GP practice into action. Complications in the race made for a disappointing home GP for the German rider, but his adaptation to racing the RC213V is well and truly underway.


This will be Bradl’s first time racing at the Dutch track in MotoGP since 2016, the first edition of the race held on Sunday, when he finished eighth. In WorldSBK, when racing there in 2017, he achieved his best overall result of the year – a sixth place finish.




The weather for the weekend is looking significantly cooler and potentially wetter than Germany last week.   
    
       


    
Pol Espargaro  44



“I’ve had a few days at home doing everything I can to be prepared for the race this weekend, getting a lot of treatment on the ribs. There’s not much more that we could have done, so I am as ready as I can be.


Assen is a really different track to Germany obviously, there’s a lot of fast changes of directions and you really need to have a bike that handles well. The objective is to get a good result before the Summer Break, we need to stop the run of bad races we have had.”         

    
       

    
Stefan Bradl  6



“Assen gives us an opportunity to solve the problems we had in Germany. Before the race we were making some really good progress – especially with my riding. The objective for the weekend is to make another step in this direction, gain that last little bit of confidence and feeling when pushing for a super-fast lap.



It has been a few years since I raced at Assen but I think we can get up to speed quickly there. I’m eager to have a strong weekend to go into the break with an extra bit of motivation.”         

    
       
    
Rider Standings


1    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    172    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
2    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    138    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia
3    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    111    Pramac Racing    Ducati
4    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    100    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati
5    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    82    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
6    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    81    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
7    BAGNAIA Francesco     62    ITA    81    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
8    RINS Alex     42    SPA    69    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
9    MIR Joan     36    SPA    69    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
10    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    64    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
11    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    61    Pramac Racing    Ducati
12    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    60    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
13    MARINI Luca     10    ITA    52    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati
14    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    46    Aprilia Racing    Aprilia
15    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    40    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
16    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    38    LCR Honda    Honda
17    BEZZECCHI Marco     73    ITA    35    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    Ducati
18    MARQUEZ Alex     73    SPA    26    LCR Honda    Honda
19    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    25    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
20    DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio     49    ITA    16    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    Ducati
21    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    10    WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team    Yamaha
22    BINDER Darryn     40    RSA    10    WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team    Yamaha
23    GARDNER Remy     87    AUS    9    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM
24    FERNANDEZ Raul     25    SPA    5    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    KTM
    
    
       
    
Team Standings

1    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    197
2    Aprilia Racing    184
3    Pramac Racing    172
4    Ducati Lenovo Team    162
5    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    146
6    Team Suzuki Ecstar    138
7    Team Gresini Racing MotoGP    116
8    Repsol Honda Team    100
9    Mooney VR46 Racing Team    87
10    LCR Honda    64
11    WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team    20
12    Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing    14
    


Constructor Standings


1    Ducati    221
2    Yamaha    172
3    Aprilia    139
4    KTM    110
5    Suzuki    93
6    Honda    81
    



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