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June 28th, 2014

2014 Assen MotoGP Saturday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races in Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 8, Assen, The Netherlands

MotoGP Championship standings for round 8, 2014

2014 Moto2 Championship Standings After Round 8, Assen, The Netherlands

Championship standings for round 8, 2014

2014 Assen Moto2 Race Result: Fortune Favors The Brave

Full Recap and Results Below:

2014 Moto3 Championship Standings After Round 8, Assen, The Netherlands

Championship standings for round 8, 2014

2014 Assen Moto3 Race Result: A Convincing Victory & High Drama

Full Recap and Results Below:

2014 Assen MotoGP WUP: Marquez Ahead Despite Crash

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2014 Assen Moto2 WUP: Rabat Raring To Go

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2014 Assen Moto3 WUP: Vinales Leads On Drying Track

Full Results:

June 27th

2014 Assen MotoGP Friday Round Up - On The Weather, And Qualifying Triumphs And Disasters

Success in motorcycle racing is a fickle beast. Getting everything just right to get the best out the bike and rider is a difficult undertaking, with a thousand factors standing ready to throw a spanner in the works. The bike has to have the right balance of stability in braking, nimbleness in corner entry, and strength in acceleration. The rider has to be in peak physical condition, mentally on top of his game, and ready to seize any opportunity which presents itself. When track conditions are ideal, the rider has to be able to find the limit of adhesion. When track conditions or the weather are not playing ball, the rider has to guess the right time to attack, and the right time to hold off. They have to judge how the conditions are changing and when they are ripe to be exploited. Get it right, and you dominate. Get it wrong, and you are lost in the pack.

You also have to be lucky, or know how to make your own luck. The qualifying session for the MotoGP class at Assen showed just how big a role luck can play, the weather playing a massive role in proceedings. The weather changes fast at Assen. In a country as flat as the Netherlands, the wind blows cloud and rain in quickly, and carries it away just as fast. Bright sunshine can change to heavy cloud in a few minutes, with rain following on behind. Which is just what happened on Friday afternoon. Sunshine made way for gray skies, the air pregnant with moisture. It spotted with rain in the morning, briefly during FP4, but only really struck during Q2. It threw the plans and running order of MotoGP into disarray, with smart and lucky riders winning out, the ill-starred ending up well down the grid.

The weather demonstrated how sometimes, disarray can turn to your advantage. Skies had been getting heavier all throughout Q1, though it was never more than a few drops which fell. That changed as Q2 got underway. Rain started falling more heavily at De Bult, the mid-section of the southern part of the circuit, just as Q2 got underway. That caused a sprint race from pit lane exit, the riders battling more like a bunch of Red Bull Rookies than experienced veterans of motorcycle racing's premier class. The sprint soon turned into jockeying for position: nobody wanted to lead, as being the first rider into a corner turned you into the guinea pig, testing grip for everyone following. Following was not much better: though you could at least see what the conditions were for the riders ahead, you did not want to get stuck in the traffic behind. Eleven riders left the pits together, getting stuck watching each other, speeding up, slowing down, and constantly trying to figure out what the best strategy might be.

2014 Assen MotoGP Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Assen:

Round Number: 
8
Year: 
2014

2014 Assen Moto2 QP: Cream Rises In Close Session

Full Recap and Results Below:

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