2021 MotoGP Dutch TT Preview

This weekend is set to see all four MotoGP categories in action as they head to Assen for the latest round of the 2021 season.

In MotoE, Assen is the fourth of seven races that makes up its 2021 season. Italian Alessandro Zaccone leads, but only by a point from Dominique Aegerter. Completing the top three in the championship is reigning MotoE champion Jordi Torres, who is 10 points behind Aegerter.

The MotoE category has seen three different winners across the three races contested so far in 2021. Zaccone won the season opener with Brazilian Eric Granado and Spaniard Miquel Pons the other race winners so far this season.

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In Moto3 Pedro Acosta’s lead at the top of the standings is 55 points over nearest rival Sergio Garcia. This after Acosta claimed his fourth race victory of the season last time out at the Sachsenring, while Garcia finished seventh.

Completing the top three in the Moto3 rider standings is Jaume Masia. He unfortunately failed to finish last weekend and finds himself 18 points behind Garcia and seven ahead of fourth placed Niccolo Antonelli.

In Moto2 Remy Gardner leads the standings, 36 points ahead of nearest challenger Raul Fernandez. Gardner heads to Assen having won the last three races and having finished inside the top three in seven of the eight races contested so far this season.

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Fernandez retired from the German Grand Prix last weekend, his first retirement of the season. The Spaniard has an 11 point lead over third placed Marco Bezzecchi who was classified third in Germany.

Lastly in the premier class, Fabio Quartararo heads to Assen at the top of the standings and with a 22 point advantage over nearest rival Johann Zarco. Completing the top three in the championship is Jack Miller who is nine points behind Zarco.

Quartararo finished third in Germany while Zarco dropped from pole position to eventually be classified in eighth. Miller finished sixth last weekend.

Elsewhere, KTM’s Miguel Oliveira continued his recent run of good form last weekend, following up his second place in Mugello and victory in Barcelona with a second place finish in Germany. The Portuguese rider is seventh in the championship, one point behind sixth placed Maverick Vinales and 18 ahead of eighth placed, and teammate, Brad Binder.

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Lastly a mention to Marc Marquez who after retiring from the races in Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona, continued his victorious run at Sachsenring by winning last weekend. Although he may not be able to repeat such a feat in Assen this weekend, it was incredible to see Marquez claim his first victory since his injury, and lengthy recovery, which ruled him out of the majority of 2020 and the beginning of this season.

His victory last weekend means he goes to Assen tenth in the championship, 12 points behind Aleix Espargaro in ninth and one point ahead of Franco Morbidelli who is eleventh in the championship.

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