The Assen circuit dubbed ”The Cathedral of Motorcycle Racing” hosts another World Championship round this weekend –the 65th Dutch TT. Niklas Ajo comes into the Moto3 race at the track with the aim of putting the Catalan GP behind him and taking a good result. Last year he was eighth in the race at Assen and took his career best qualifying position of fifth.
Eighteen corners –the majority taken at high speeds– form the 4.542km Assen circuit. The track is a favourite of the Avant Tecno KTM rider, who has been raring to get back on his bike after a first-lap crash at the Catalan GP. The Finn has been training hard and helping out young Spanish Championship riders in the meantime.
At almost full fitness heading to the Dutch round, Niklas aims to take as many points as possible this weekend. Last season he felt very comfortable at the track, and hopes to repeat that this year.
The Dutch TT takes place from Thursday through Saturday, as per its unique tradition.
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
”After the Catalan Grand Prix, I’m feeling fine. Luckily, I have no injuries from the crashes that I suffered. Now the goal is to forget about the last round and try to get as many points as possible in the next two races. The first appointment is Assen –a track that I really like. The first part is quite slow, but the rest of the track is fast. The last fast corner and chicane are really nice. I have mixed memories of the circuit, but most are good. Last year we went really well, so I’ll see if I can repeat that performance this weekend.”