MotoGP: Lorenzo ready for ‘bittersweet’ Assen

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Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo says he’s ready for this weekend’s resumption of hostilities at Assen, as the series heads to a circuit that he admits has been bittersweet for him in the past.

Despite admitting to loving the track layout, as most racers do, Lorenzo has only won at the Dutch track once, with only three podium finishes there in his nine years in the premiere class.


“Racing in Holland is always a kind of bittersweet feeling. It‘s a track I love but on the other hand I‘ve experienced both good and bad results. The layout is always good for our YZR-M1s so we are willing to have another go to get a great result again.”

On top of that, the Movistar Yamaha rider is also coming off the back of a difficult weekend last time out at his home round in Barcelona. Torpedoed out of the race by Andrea Iannone, he says it’ll be important to put it behind him for this weekend.

“Barcelona was a great pity. I knew it was going to be a tough race especially after feeling that the tyres were struggling after five or six laps, but then the crash ruined everything. Now we need to forget the incident and try to fight again in Assen.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer