Toni Elias has a worrying MotoGP record at Assen, an event he has finished just once since his 2005 premier-class debut.
“Assen has always been my favourite circuit because it is technical, fast and flowing, although it hasn't always been kind to me,” admitted the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider.
“I missed the race completely in 2005 because of injury and then the year after that I crashed after just two laps of free practice and broke and dislocated my left shoulder. Then in 2007 I crashed again in free practice and broke my leg!
“Last year was the first time I had raced on the modified circuit and I finished twelfth, so hopefully that ended the jinx and we can look forward to a much better result this time around.”
Elias crashed during the Grand Prix of Catalunya last time out at Barcelona, an event he has an ever worse record at (barring the injuries) than Assen.
During his five years in MotoGP, Elias has never finished a premier-class race at Barcelona but he at least got a useful day of testing in on the Monday.
“We have been struggling for rear grip this season but we made some progress in the test at Barcelona after the race,” he said. “It will be very interesting to see how these improvements transfer to Assen because I really feel like we deserve a top result after all the hard work the whole team is putting in.”
Elias' only Assen victory to date came in the 125cc class in 2001.