Next week the teams and riders will head to the Dutch GP for a competitive weekend on the TT Circuit Assen. With six left turns, twelve right and a total of 2.82 miles per lap, the Netherlands has brought some exciting races in the past. If the upcoming GP is to the follow the same drama-filled path that the riders have endured this season thus far, it is any man’s race!
Today we are going to break down the circuit into four sectors and study the top riders that have historically dominated these areas. Each rider is analyzed with a combined index, speed index and consistency index that track their historical performance. We have provided the technicality index for each sector, allowing you to better understand the breakdown of the entire circuit. Not familiar with our complex / fascinating indexing system? Click here to learn more!
Let’s dive in…
Technicality Scale: 2.7 / 4
Ranked the second most technical of the four sectors, T1 is Rossi’s time to shine. Holding the strongest combined index, Rossi has brought his need for speed to T1 over the years, allowing him to gain ground on his opponents. Is this a huge advantage for him? Not really… Suzuki rider Alex Rins is a close second and has only 0.04 separating his combined index from Rossi’s. Rounding out the top three is the man himself, Marc Marquez. Although the Honda rider’s speed has not historically matched that of Rossi or Rins, his consistency has enabled him to maintain momentum through this technical sector.
Technicality Scale: 1.9 / 4
Let’s welcome back Marc Marquez as he has historically owned T2. Top speed matched with incredibly competitive consistency – point 1 Marquez. But who actually holds the strongest consistency index out of the top three riders? That Spanish rider with the crazy hair… yes, we’re talking about Alex Rins. A close second, Rins is able to hold his momentum through the circuit as his consistency is carried from sector to sector. Rounding out the top three for T2 is Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso whose combined index is a whole 0.06 behind Rins. Close the gap Dovi!
Technicality Scale: 3.5 / 4
Can’t stop, won’t stop, right Alex? The Suzuki rider holds the strongest historical combined index for T3 which happens to be ranked the most technical of the four sectors. Rins shows flawless performance in regard to speed and consistency as he holds the strongest index across all categories. A familiar face, Valentino Rossi ranks second and LCR Honda rider, Cal Crutchlow ranks third. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, if Crutchlow can keep it up on two wheels, he is a force and one to keep an eye on!
Technicality Scale: 2.2 / 4
T4 AKA Marquez territory. Does he hold a superior combined index? Yes. Does he dominate in speed? Yes. Does he crush it in the consistency department? Ehhhhh Danilo Petrucci has him beat there. Ranking third just below Valentino Rossi, Petrucci rounds out the top three with an unmatched consistency. Let’s see you put that factory Ducati to work next weekend Danilo!
And there you have it folks! While there is some overlap in historically top ranked riders at TT Circuit Assen, we have seen great strides from a handful of riders this season as they settle in with their new two-wheeled teammates.
We’re slowly making our way to race week – keep learning, keep riding and happy wheelie Wednesday!
Written by Julia Robinson