Press release previews of Assen from the 125cc and Moto2 teams:
RW Racing GP in TVM-colors
Luis Salom will start the Iveco Dutch TT in green and white, the colors of insurancecompany TVM. For its home race RW Racing GP signed a sponsor contract with the Dutch company that is based in Hoogeveen, not far from Assen.
,,We are working on next season already,'' explained RW Racing GP-owner Roelof Waninge in Assen at the press conference for the Dutch TT. ,,For now TVM's sponsorship is for this single occasion, but when it suits both TVM as RW Racing GP, it might be a solid base to continue in 2012. For Dutch motorsports this sponsordeal is a v! ery important and positive impulse. TVM is a well known sponsor in sports in Holland, for example in speedskating.''
Waninge announced in Assen he will subscribe a two rider team for the new Moto3 in 2012. It was too early to name the riders. ,,But I can tell we would really like to continue with Luis. We are very pleased with him as a rider. He fits in the team perfectly and the results are good.'' The Spaniard himself is happy as well. ,,This team feels like my family.''
With 22 points Salom now is in 11th spot in the 125cc championship , with three top 10 finishes. In two races he crashed out while fighting within the top 10 as well.
NICO TEROL AND HÉCTOR FAUBEL TARGET ASSEN DOUBLE
Spanish pair look to continue podium form this Saturday
The last weekend in June can only mean one thing for Grand Prix fans: the Dutch TT. One of the oldest circuits in the world (dating back to 1955) is also one of the most iconic and although it has undergone several phases of reconstruction in recent years it retains the magic that makes it one of the year's most eagerly anticipated events. The last race for the 125cc class at Silverstone turned into a veritable lottery because of the rain and it opened up a victory chance for riders other than the category's standout leader Nico Terol.
Assen is one of the BANKIA Aspar rider's favourite circuits and after missing out on victory last year thanks to the actions of a lapped rider the Spaniard is keen to complete unfinished business. Terol could only manage eighth place in the torrential conditions at Silverstone but is now determined to get back to the winning ways he had demonstrated throughout the first part of the championship. Unlike his team-mate Héctor Faubel enjoyed a positive weekend in England, finally achieving his objective of a podium finish and shaking off the bad luck that has followed him around this season. Héctor is also a fan of the Dutch circuit and he is keen to repeat a top three finish. The BANKIA Aspar Team's third rider Adrián Martín also picked up a good result at Silverstone and he is keen to build on it this weekend.
Nico Terol: "It was a tough race at Silverstone because I had no feeling in the wet but I am sure things will be different this weekend at Assen. It is one of my favourite circuits and even though I have never won there I have always gone well. I normally get a good feeling on the first day and I am feeling confident so my only goal is to fight for the win. I really want to win at Assen and I will do everything possible to make it happen. I have already done it this year at Jerez and Montmeló, two circuits that had escaped me in the past, so hopefully I can do it again. It is a very fast circuit with flowing corners that you have to get right down to the nearest millimetre to make up time. It is important to get good reference points so that you don't get lost and you must have a good engine set-up too."
Héctor Faubel: "The podium in England was a weight off my shoulders. We had been doing things well this season but the results weren't coming. The podium has given me confidence to go to Assen with and hopefully I can be fighting for the top positions again. The team and I are going to work hard to prove that Silverstone wasn't a one-off. Assen is very technical and fast, apart from the first part, and personally I love it. It also seems to suit us Spanish riders so my goal is to keep this form up and fight for the podium again."
Adrián Martín: "I am really looking forward to Assen after picking up a good result last time out. I know I can run at the front now and that is my goal. We know we are competitive in the wet but I would like to show it in normal conditions too now. I had some problems with chassis set-up last year but everything is different now and I am sure I can adapt quickly to it because Assen is a spectacular circuit."
MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM TO LINE UP TWO VALENCIAN RIDERS AT ASSEN
Xavi Forés joined by team's new signing Elena Rosell
4,542 metres of pure legend. The latest version of the historic Assen circuit may be shorter than it has been in years past but it is still every bit as iconic and remains the 'Cathedral' to race fans across Europe. Technical, twisty and fast, the majority of riders count it amongst their favourite circuits to ride and as is tradition the race takes place on the final Saturday in June.
The MAPFRE Aspar Team heads to Holland with a new look line-up with Xavi Forés joined by fellow Valencian rider Elena Rosell. Forés is eager to build on a positive performance in England two weeks ago, when he was again within touching distance of the points. His goal this weekend is to finally get off the mark in the championship and he is confident of doing so at a circuit he knows. Elena Rosell becomes the first Spanish female to compete at World Championship level. It is a pioneering move from the MAPFRE Aspar Team, who have every confidence in the rider.
Xavi Forés: "The race at Silverstone was absolute madness - it was a miracle that I stayed on board and I learnt a lot from it. Once again I was close to the points but it wasn't to be so now we go to Assen, a circuit I know well and like a lot. Hopefully I can get my first points of the season. We've had six attempts now and for one reason or another we have just missed out. We are working hard and I am convinced that sooner or later it will pay off."
Elena Rosell: "I have a huge challenge ahead of me this weekend. A new category, new bike and new circuit. The good thing is that I am taking it on as part of a very professional team with a lot of experience at this level. My objective is to enjoy my first race in the World Championship and try to learn as much as possible. All of the bikes are quite similar and I think if I can adapt well to the machine and enjoy my riding then we are capable of a good result."
MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM SIGN UP ELENA ROSELL FOR DUTCH TT
Female Spanish rider to stand in for injured Simón
The MAPFRE Aspar Team is pleased to announce that the female Spanish rider Elena Rosell will make her Moto2 debut with the team this weekend. The Dutch TT will be the first event since its formation back in 1992 that the MAPFRE Aspar Team has opted to run a female rider. Another product of the famous Cuna de Campeones BANKIA rider development project, Elena joins the likes of fellow females Katja Poensgen (Germany), Nikoletta Kovacs (Hungary) and Marketa Janakova (Czech Republic), who have all competed at Grand Prix level. Elena is the leading female rider in Spain and has a victory at Albacete (2009) in the Kawasaki Ninja Cup to her credit. She is currently competing in the Stock Extreme Spanish Championship and lies fourth after two races.
Elena Rosell: "I still can't believe the opportunity I have this weekend. The possibility of me joining up with the MAPFRE Aspar Team for a race was first discussed last week and it has been a nerve-wracking few days for me. It is an opportunity I have been hoping for ever since I began racing and I have to thank the MAPFRE Aspar Team for the faith they have shown in me. I am going to make my Moto2 debut with one of the best teams and words can't describe how that makes me feel. I can't wait to get to Holland so that I can start to believe it."
Jorge Martínez 'Aspar': "We are really pleased that Elena is going to compete in the Moto2 World Championship as part of the MAPFRE Aspar Team. It is doubly satisfying for me because Elena came through the Cuna de Campeones BANKIA. I have followed her career ever since she was very small and she has surprised me a lot. She has great capacity to improve and I think the experience of racing in the Moto2 World Championship will benefit her development. I wish her the best and I hope she can adapt quickly to the new category and enjoy the experience."
Full name - Elena Rosell Aragón
Date of birth - 30/04/1986
Place of birth - Valencia
2002 - Fórmula Campeones Bancaja 125cc
2003 - Fórmula Campeones Bancaja 125cc
2004 - Fórmula Campeones Suzuki GSR-R 600
2005 - Campeonato de España de Velocidad CEV SSP
2006 - 24 horas Cataluña Stock 600cc
- CEV SSP
2007 - Wild card Valencia European Suzuki´s Cup 750
- 24 horas Cataluña Stock 1000cc
- 1st MAC 90 The Race (Fórmula Twin)
2008 - Wild card Valencia European Suzuki´s Cup 750
- 24 horas Cataluña Stock KTM
- 2nd CEV 'Ninja Cup' Albacete
- 1st European Championship Women´s Class
- 2nd Mac 90 The Race (Fórmula Twin)
2009 - 4th CEV Kawasaki Ninja Cup
- 24 horas Cataluña Stock KTM
2010 - CEV Stock Extreme (Kawasaki)
2011 - CEV Stock Extreme (Kawasaki)
PIRRO LOOKING TO FOLLOW UP SILVERSTONE PODIUM AT ASSEN, TAKAHASHI TARGETS IMPORTANT CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
Michele Pirro takes the confidence provided by a podium finish last time out at Silverstone to Assen this weekend, where he hopes to replicate that excellent result. Such a big boost in morale, added to the trademark determination of the combative young rider, should be enough to see him amongst the frontrunners once again. The tireless work of Team Gresini Moto2 in preparing technical updates for the Moriwaki MD600 are bearing fruit and Yuki Takahashi is also keen to ride it to its full potential this weekend. The Japanese rider is looking to build on his current position of third in the championship.
Yuki Takahashi "I am a little disappointed that I couldn't pick up a few more points at Silverstone for the championship but basically a poor start prevented that. I still came away from England with renewed confidence in the bike and I am sure we can do well at Assen. Podiums and wins are my main objective and I will be pushing as hard as possible to make them happen, without losing sight of the championship."
Michele Pirro "The podium at Silverstone was a massive confidence booster, I had fun there and I am sure it will provide a platform to bigger things for us. I will do everything I can to repeat it at Assen. I am desperate to ride to my full potential and the team are working hard to give me a bike that enables me to do so. Assen is a circuit I know well so hopefully I have a good feeling there with the Moriwaki MD600. My objective is to keep giving my best, having fun and I am sure the results will come."
Fausto Gresini "After the podium for Pirro at Silverstone and with Takahashi third overall in the championship we go to Assen with the confidence to continue picking up important results. The track is suited to the characteristics of our bike and is to the liking of both our riders so it will be a big chance for us to pick up major points and stay amongst the pacesetters in the Moto2 World Championship. A good performance at Assen is fundamental because it can be the springboard to the following round at Mugello, the home race for Team Gresini."
MAHINDRA HOPE FOR ANOTHER STRONG RACE AT ASSEN
21 June, 2011: After a weekend's break in the intense European schedule, the Mahindra squad is racing again this weekend at MotoGP's "cathedral" at Assen, with high hopes of repeating the strong performance at the British GP.
The Indian team, the only 125 squad to build its own engine and chassis, had its best race of its first season at Silverstone, where rain, high winds and cold conditions made the race into an especially severe test of man and machine.
English rider Danny Webb (20) scored his first points for Mahindra with a fine ride to eleventh place.
His younger team-mate, Marcel Schrötter (18, from Germany), was robbed of an even better result. He was lying ninth with only four of 17 laps remaining when he aquaplaned on standing water and crashed out.
"It was a good performance. Now we must do the same in dry weather," said team manager Nicola Casadei. "Our target is much higher, but we can see we are moving forward every race."
Assen is the seventh of 17 World Championship rounds for the highly competitive 125 class, where Mahindra's own disc-valve, single-cylinder, two-stroke machine is challenging a well-established horde of 30 ‘identikit' Italian motorcycles.
The oldest track on the calendar earned its "Cathedral" nickname in earlier times, when the long and complex circuit was considered one of motorcycling's most difficult challenges. It has hosted a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949 and the race maintains its ‘TT' (Tourist Trophy) name and traditional Saturday race day. The modern 2.82-mile (4.54 km) circuit combines part of the old track with an ultra-modern, slow, twisty section, ringed with grandstands. It is a popular race for spectators from around Europe and regularly attracts over 100,000 fans.
I like the track – I was seventh here last year – and I like the place. I used to live there. We made a step forward at Silverstone: I've said before things are going well with the new team. We're working together great, making the bike better every time, and I'm enjoying the project a lot.
The last race was good for me, because it seems we have found the right settings to make the bike more comfortable for me to ride it to the limit. I hope we can take those good settings to Assen also. I got into the top ten at Silverstone. I want to do that again and make sure we score more points.
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Note: The TT Assen races take place on Saturday, 25 June. The 125cc race is scheduled for 12:00pm local time (GMT +2).
MARC VDS HEAD FOR THE CATHEDRAL OF SPEED
After an impressive fifth place for Scott Redding at a very wet and windy British Grand Prix just over one week ago, the Marc VDS Racing Team have moved on to the Netherlands for this weekend's race at the Circuit van Drenthe in Assen, or the cathedral of speed as it's commonly referred to.
The historic circuit is currently the only track that has appeared on the Grand Prix calendar every year since the series started in its current form back in 1949. A former public roads circuit, Assen has been extensively modified in recent years, but has lost little of the unique character that makes it a favourite with riders in all classes.
Redding is determined to carry the momentum from his fifth place at Silverstone into this weekend's race, which takes place on Saturday afternoon rather than the more usual Sunday. The 18-year-old Briton's confidence in his Suter MMXI machine has increased with every race and he's certain that the bike will suit the old style Assen circuit, allowing him to push for another top five finish this weekend.
Mika Kallio had a difficult weekend in Silverstone, but was forcing his way through the field and towards the top ten when he collided with Simone Corsi and crashed out of the race. The Flying Finn has struggled to find a good feeling this season when the temperature has dropped, but the Marc VDS rider is determined to overcome the problem this weekend in Assen, a track at which he has won races before, but where the weather forecast promises more cold weather and a good chance of rain.
Scott Redding #45:
"I like the Assen circuit, although in recent years it hasn't been one of my best in terms of results. It's an old style circuit where you can carry lots of speed through the turns, a bit like Silverstone, and that suits my riding style better than the modern stop start tracks. We arrive in Assen off the back of a solid fifth place at Silverstone and I'm pretty confident we can repeat that performance again this weekend. Obviously the podium is our target, as always, but I wouldn't be too disappointed to finish inside the top five."
Mika Kallio #36:
"We made some steps forward in Catalunya and Silverstone, improving my feeling with the bike, and I hope we can continue this progress at Assen. We also learnt a lot about the bike in wet conditions at Silverstone, where I was able to fight my way through the field in the race before a collision put me out. The forecast for Assen is also for rain, but I'm pretty confident we can achieve a good result regardless of whether it's wet or dry. I've won at Assen in the past and I like the circuit, so I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Manager
"Scott had a good result in difficult conditions at Silverstone but he needs to keep challenging at the front if he is to reclaim his rightful place in the championship standings. Assen is a circuit that shares many characteristics with Silverstone, so I don't expect to see Scott out of the top five all weekend. Mika struggled with the conditions at Silverstone, but his fight through the field towards the top ten showed that it's possible for him to overcome the problem he has when the weather turns cold. I expect him to do the same this weekend in Assen, but starting from first free practice rather than waiting for the race. His goal is top ten this weekend, and he needs to achieve it."
FTR MOTO LOOKING TO CONTINUE FORM IN HOLLAND
FTR MOTO is looking to Saturday's seventh round of the Moto2 World Championship at Assen in Holland to build on a recent run of successes with its M211 machine.
Championship challenger Simone Corsi, Ioda Racing Project FTR, will be gunning for victory at the Circuit van Drenthe venue in the north of the country as he looks to close the 62-point gap from his second place in the World Championship to leader Stefan Bradl.
Youngsters Esteve Rabat and Yonny Hernandez of the Blusens STX Team, Kev Coghlan on the Aeroport de Castello FTR and HP Tuenti Speed Up's Pol Espargaro will all be looking to further their points haul and continue recent successful race finishes.
Rabat was sixth in the last round at Silverstone, for his best finish so far in 2011, Hernandez has finished ninth in the last two rounds, Coghlan was in the points at Silverstone for the first time since round two at Jerez, Spain and Espargaro continues to show signs of the form that handed him sixth place in Portugal in round three.
Max Neukirchner on the MZ-FTR has scored World Championship points in every round except Portugal while his team-mate Anthony West is looking to Assen to add to his only point-scoring finish of the year in Spain.
Both Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda Singha SAG) and Mattia Pasini (Ioda Racing Project FTR) will be out to add to their sole, point-scoring finishes of the year, both at the damp Jerez round in April.
American Kenny Noyes (FOGI/GP Tech Team) and Santiago Hernandez, on the SAG Team FTR, chase their first points of 2011 by targeting top 15 finishes in Saturday's 24-lap race at the 2.822-mile circuit.
"Since the last round at Silverstone we've been able to focus on the areas of the M211 that can help the guys improve and we hope that those improvements will be evident in Holland this week," said FTR's Steve Bones. "We're very pleased with the progress of the youngsters and as the series heads towards the halfway stage I'd like to think we can also further assist Simon Corsi and the Ioda Racing Project's bid to land the World Championship."