Chassis – Rossi, Marquez and Lorenzo. The Assen GP has officially began. Today, they run the first test session, in prep for Sundays race. So, this GP represents another important milestone in the 2016 title race.
If non of Rossi or Lorenzo manage to win, Marquez can stretch a bigger lead in the championship. However, the bike especially the new chassis the Yamaha tested in the last race, which can cause problems for both riders, and we can not exclude the weathers role in the race as well. In Barcelona, the Yamaha tried the new chassis, here at Assen it will be tested again. It must convince the two pilots that is beneficial.
“Unfortunately the Barcelona test was not so positive. We tried a new chassis and a different swing arm, i hoped that it was a step into the right direction, instead, it opened only new questions. Anyway, I will try the two frames and we’ll see if the new one here at Assen is gonna be better.” said Rossi.
Lorenzo seems to be more confident regarding the chassis but seems to have concern’s over the track. In the past the track has proved favorable for the Spaniard. “In Barcelona we tried the new chassis, there were certain positives we’ll try it also in Assen. We want to see if it gives me the same good feelings i had with it in Barcelona.” said Lorenzo.
Marquez continues with the same bike and strategy
“I am very pleased to be leading the Championship. However, after seven stages the struggle is very tight with only 22 points seperate the top three. It will be a hard-fought Championship until the end, even though i am in the lead.” said Marquez.
“At the beginning of the season my biggest concern were these last races, however at Mugello and in Montmelo i finished second place and it was a great result. We will see here because Rossi in Assen is always strong and Lorenzo very fast. So, we’ll have to start well, hope for a positive weather, but if there’s rain we will adapt.” said Marquez. “We bring here the same bike we used in Catalonia. We are looking to improve in acceleration that is our weakness, some solutions are forthcoming. If the track is dry it would be better for the show, especially for the fans.”- added Marquez.