MotoGP returns and visits the iconic Assen circuit in the Netherlands. The race is unique in that it is held on a Saturday instead of the normal Sunday.
Danny Kent won once again last time out in Barcelona having not won for three rounds. Championship contender, Enea Bastianini kept Kent honest throughout the weekend, having claimed pole position and finishing just behind the Briton, he will be hoping to go one better this weekend as both he and Kent pull away from the other riders in the championship.
Johann Zarco extended his lead over reigning Moto2 champion, Tito Rabat. After a difficult start to the season, Rabat has picked up form having finished on the podium in his last four races. It will be interesting to see in Assen whether Rabat will become Zarco’s main championship challenger or whether another rider will begin to pick up form, such as Sam Lowes who has finished fourth in the last three rounds.
Jorge Lorenzo kept his impressive form going last round and will be hoping to make it five consecutive wins. Valentino Rossi will be hoping to spoil that as he aims to claim victory since round three of the championship. Will Assen see another surprise in qualifying? After Suzuki claimed a 1-2 on the Saturday in Barcelona. It will also be interesting to see whether Bradley Smith leapfrogs Marc Marquez in the championship standings after the race, as the Briton is now only one point behind the reigning champion after Marquez suffered a second consecutive retirement two weeks ago.