Bagnaia has had Assen in his heart for many reasons. It’s the track where he won his first race in the World Championship in 2016, and the one where he started to chase Quartararo last year, which then lead him towards winning the MotoGP title. Pecco arrived in the Netherlands this year in a much better situation, no longer with 91 points to recuperate but with a 16-point in advantage over Martin.
After an excellent Mugello GP, and his good performance at the Sachsenring (twice 2nd behind the aforementioned Jorge), the last effort awaits him before allowing himself a little vacation.
“We’re at the last race before the long summer break so, before starting the second, challenging part of the season, it’ll be important to try to consolidate our position in the championship.” This is the World Champion’s goal. “Last year in Assen, I had a fantastic victory and, this year, I’ll try again, even if I expect a much more hard-fought race and numerous rivals ready to fight for first place. The TT Circuit is one of my favorite tracks and, not surprisingly, the layout of the circuit is also tattooed on my arm! Right now, my feeling with the Desmosedici GP is great, so I’m confident I can do well this weekend again.”
But, for Bastianini, the Dutch GP will be an opportunity to put him and his body to the test again. In Germany, the improvements have been comforting, and he wants to take another step forward this weekend.
“The last Grand Prix at the Sachsenring turned out to be much more positive than I expected and, in the race, I didn't suffer physically, like at Mugello, Enea pointed out. “Surely I’ll arrive at Assen a bit more tired after the last two consecutive races that, however, were also a good workout. I’m starting to get to know my bike and regain my strength. We’ll see how it goes this weekend, but I hope to be able to get even closer to the first ones.”