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Assen MotoGP: Assen ‘strange’ for Dovi, a ‘favourite’ for Crutchlow

Andrea Dovizioso heads to Assen keen to maintain his positive start to the 2014 MotoGP season, while Cal Crutchlow seeks a big improvement.
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.

“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.”

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June 25, 2014 11:23 AM

We live in hope, but it's hard to get excited about Ducati's prospects without something tangible that overcomes the turning problems. Dovi is a model of consistency, but he's so diplomatic in what he says, it rarely sheds light on anything. Cal, OTHH, says what he thinks, and gives the odd "overshare" at's entertaining to some of us, but objectionable to the "politically sensitive" fans. Hopefully, Dovi will put in another good race, and Cal won't have bike problems...Sadly, they'll both be mid-pack come the end of the race though.


June 25, 2014 4:02 PM

Dovi is diplomatic because the problems are well known, hashed to death, further griping won't solve them, and because he's a class act who is putting his money where his mouth is. He'll measure success in time lost to the leaders this year vs. last, which is a productive measurement. Best of luck Dovi.

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