Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow head to Assen with opposing opinions of the iconic Dutch TT venue as the former looks to continue his strong recent form and the latter seeks a turn of fortunes.

A measure of consistency in 2014, Dovizioso has been a top ten finisher in each round this season, results that retain him a top five position in the overall standings and 'best of the rest' behind the factory four of Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

Keen to continue that level of form at Assen, Dovizioso admits the Dutch circuit isn't one that is fond to him, but having cut the gap to the leaders last time out in Catalunya, he is confident for more of the same in Holland.

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"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."

Team-mate Crutchlow, meanwhile, is hoping good memories of last season will give him a much needed boost ahead of this year's race, the British rider enjoying arguably his finest MotoGP weekend in 2013 when he qualified on pole position and finished third.

"Assen is definitely one of the tracks in the championship that I like the most. 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 per cent, you can be sure of that."