Honda at rock bottom
The race will take place without Pol Espargaro recovering from a crash from last weekend’s race. During a highside, he bruised his ribs so badly that he can’t even stand up right now. In addition, the Honda is not competitive. The team is last in the team standings and without their “superstar” Marc Márquez, things are looking bleak at the moment. Alex Márquez, Marc Márquez’s brother, will leave the Honda customer team for Gresini Racing at the end of the season.
Miller hopes for rain
Behind them, too, are three hot candidates for a podium place: Marco Bezzecchi, Aleix Espargaro and Jack Miller. Jack Miller in particular could benefit from the weather conditions in Assen. From 2 p.m. rain clouds are supposed to gather, so that a flag-to-flag race could possibly be pending. The Ducati rider is a bank when the track gets wet.
Strong front row
The front row of the grid has it all this weekend. Francesco Bagnaia, who threw away his bike on the third lap of the German Grand Prix, is on course to make amends. The Italian starts from pole position. Next to him is current Championship leader and World Champion Fabio Quartararo, who is on course to defend his title. With 172 World Cup points, he has the same number of points as last year. The front row is completed by the Spaniard Jorge Martin, who is on the way up again after a short slump and a minor operation.
Motorcycling mecca Assen welcomes MotoGP this weekend for the final race before the summer break. It starts at 2:00 p.m.!