The Motorcycle World Championship returns this weekend with the Dutch Grand Prix. In MotoGP, the Yamaha rider, Fabio Quartararo, will seek to chain the third victory after winning the last two Grand Prix, the one in Catalonia and the one in Germany.
The current champion will start this Sunday from the second position on the grid, since his compatriot Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) took pole. The Spanish Jorge Martín will start third despite his fall. In Moto2, the best qualifying result at the Assen circuit went to Jake Dixon (Aspar Team), while in Moto3 the Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) will start on the front row after getting his first pole position of the season , and the second of his sports career.
Unlike in the past, the Dutch GP no longer takes place on Saturday. The races will be held on Sunday at their usual time in Europe: Moto3 will start at 11:00 a.m., Moto2 at 12:20 p.m. and MotoGP at 2:00 p.m., peninsular time. They will be broadcast by DAZN and the La Vanguardia website will also offer live minute by minute of what happens during the three tests.
He arrives at the fast Assen circuit as the outstanding leader of the Quartararo World Championship. The Frenchman currently has 172 points, compared to 138 for Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia). In third position is the Frenchman Johan Zarco (Ducati) with 111 points. He was second in Germany.
The great absence will once again be Marc Márquez, forced to stop again this season with new physical problems that have led him to undergo surgery again. The Cervera rider has been successfully operated on for the fourth time on the right humerus.
His teammate, Pol Espargaró, will also be absent from Assen. It seemed that the second Repsol Honda rider would have a chance to compete for the World Championship this season based on the results obtained in the previous tests. However, he has not finished adapting to the bike. After the crash of the Catalan rider in the last race, he preferred not to take risks as he was not one hundred percent recovered from his blow to the ribs.
In Moto2, the leadership of the World Championship of riders is right now for Celestino Vietti with 133 points, who left in Germany and sees how the Japanese Ai Ogura, who has 125 to his credit, and the Spanish Augusto Fernández, who won at Sachsenring (121 points) have approached him.
In Moto3, the Spaniard Sergio García is the leader with 166 points, but he has seen how his compatriot Izan Guevara has come a lot closer after winning at Montmeló and Sachsenring, and he already has 159 points.
The winners of the last Grand Prix of the Netherlands, held in 2021, were precisely Fabio Quartararo, followed by Maverick Viñales and Joan Mir. Raúl Fernández won the Moto2 test, ahead of Remy Gardner and Augusto Fernández. The Moto3 race was won by Dennis Foggia, Sergio García was second and Romano Fenati third.