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Assen – a unique historical pedigree

Assen – a unique historical pedigree

This weekend the MotoGP show visits the Netherlands for the A-Style TT Assen, which is the ninth round of the season. Assen is the only venue that has hosted a Grand Prix event every year since the motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix series started.

This weekend the MotoGP show visits the Netherlands for the A-Style TT Assen which is the ninth round of the season. Assen is the only venue that has hosted a Grand Prix event every year since the motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix series started.

The very first Dutch TT was held in 1925 and was held as an annual event before becoming part of the World Championship series in 1949. Below is a selection of highlights from the Dutch TT since 1949:

1949 – This event was held on the 16.5 km circuit and history was made by Nello Pagani, who became the first rider to win two races at the same Grand Prix, coming home first in both the 500cc and 125cc races. The 350cc race was won by Freddie Frith, who won all five races in the category that year before retiring from racing.

1955 – This year saw a major revision of the circuit which was reduced in length to 7.7km. The event was famous for the rider's strike in the 350cc race when a number of private riders did one very slow lap before pulling in as a protest at the lack of financial rewards for racing in Grand Prix.

1964 – Jim Redman won three Grand Prix races on the same day when he took the victories in the 125cc, 250cc and 350cc classes on his Honda.

1968 – The home crowd had plenty to cheer about when Paul Lodewijkx won the 50cc race to become the first Dutch rider to stand on the top step of the podium at his home Grand Prix.

1975 – Barry Sheene took his first victory in the premier-class having passed Giacomo Agostini exiting the last corner. The two riders were so close across the finish line they were given the same time, the only occasion that this has happened in the premier-class.

1977 – Wil Hartog riding a Suzuki made history by becoming the first ever Dutch rider to win a premier-class Grand Prix.

1980 – The Dutch supporters again had plenty to cheer, with Jack Middleburg taking the win in the 500cc class.

1982 – Franco Uncini won the 500cc race run in two parts after the race was stopped due to rain. This was the first time ever that the newly introduced rule of running a two part race had been used.

1985 - Randy Mamola won the main event riding the three-cylinder NS500 Honda. This was the last time that a premier-class race has been won by a machine with less than four-cylinders.

1991 – Kevin Schwantz set a new lap record, on his way to winning the 500cc race, which will stay in the record books in perpetuity as the time was never beaten in the ten years up to 2001 when significant alterations were made to the circuit.

1998 – Marco Melandri won the 125cc race to become the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at the age of 15 years 324 days, a record that still stands. Follow the video link on the left for race highlights.

2001 – Jeremy McWilliams won the 250cc race at Assen in damp conditions, ending a 15-year period without a British rider taking a Grand Prix win in any of the solo classes. Follow the video link on the left for race highlights.

2006 – Nicky Hayden's victory in the MotoGP race was the 200th victory in the premier-class for Honda. Follow the video link on the left for race highlights.

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MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN

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