Ducati pair prepared for Assen visit

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Ducati Team head to the Netherlands for the eighth round of the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship at the Assen TT circuit with both riders highly motivated for Saturday’s race.

Andrea Dovizioso, who does not rate Assen as one of his favourite circuits, has however stepped onto the podium twice recently in the MotoGP category, with a third place in both 2011 and 2012.

He previewed the Dutch round, saying, “Assen is a strange track because of the layout and also because of the weather conditions that we normally find during the race weekend. For us last year’s race was very difficult, but after the result we obtained in Barcelona, where we cut the gap to the leaders by half from 2013, we hope to continue this positive trend in the Netherlands.”

Dovizioso’s team-mate Cal Crutchlow on the other hand does like the Dutch track, and in fact last year the British rider qualified on the front row for the first time ever in MotoGP, eventually finishing third.

“Assen is definitely one of the tracks in the championship that I like the most,” said Crutchlow. “I had a great race there last year, taking the pole and sharing the podium with Rossi and Marquez. There’s no doubt my championship so far has been difficult, but I’m going to Assen with confidence, and we’ll all give 100%, you can be sure of that.”

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