If we look at the numbers and the recent past, Yamaha could be viewed as the favourite at Assen. Particularly that ridden by Valentino, the true king of the Dutch track with 10 wins (8 in MotoGP, one in 250 and another in 125). It's no coincidence that the last time the M1 was on the top step of the rostrum was exactly one year ago, at Assen and at the hands of the Doctor.
Memories that inspire confidence but do not guarantee anything. it is with this mind set that Valentino arrives in Holland, aware that a victory would be priceless at this point, while a defeat at this particularly track would weight heavily.
“We're heading to Assen, where I won last year. This gives mixed emotions. On the one hand this means it's been a long time since I and Yamaha last won a race, so we need to work hard, on the other hand I'm happy because Assen is a fantastic track. "
As well as a friend to the M1.
“Usually we are very competitive at the TT Circuit, but we have to check what the conditions and the situation will be like, because you never know what might happen there."
VINALES: I CAN BE FAST AT ASSEN - despite not boasting the same CV as his more expert team-mate, Maverick Vinales also enjoys racing at Assen and has won on two occasions, once in 125 and again in Moto3. The Spaniard faces the difficulties with positivity.
“I'm happy because the next race is held at the amazing circuit of Assen. We're almost in the middle of the season and we go to the Netherlands in a good position in the championship classifications, so we must keep improving and stay concentrated to get the maximum amount of points."
He is hopeful that the recent tests at Montmelò will already start to bear fruit this weekend.
“I‘m happy after the Montmeló test, it was very positive for us and we had a good feeling with the bike. I think that we can be fast in the next race. I‘m very motivated for round 8 and at the same time very focused. This year we are tackling the season race by race, so let‘s keep working and let‘s see what happens on Sunday."