The history of the Circuit van Drenthe is one of constant change and modernisation and this year the grand old track has been slightly modified once more, thanks to work done to make the Ruskenhoek chicane less angular and thus a few metres shorter. The final result is a faster circuit, in keeping with Assen's generally flowing nature.
Assen’s foundations in motorsport were laid back in 1925 during the first Dutch TT. The modern circuit was first constructed in 1955 on the site of those brick-paved public roads and it underwent a major modification in 2005, which reduced its length from just under 6km to 4.555km.
Known as ‘The Cathedral’, its main straight is a mere 560m long, yet Assen still boasts one of the fastest average speed laps on the calendar and its flowing turns – eleven right and six lefts – mean it remains a favourite for riders and spectators alike.
The longest-running event on the MotoGP calendar, the Dutch TT in Assen is always held on the last Saturday in June in a carnival atmosphere that attracts raceday crowds of more than 100,000.
Assen is located roughly 200km north of Schiphol Airport at Amsterdam which has its own railway station and the circuit is easily reached train or by car.
|Race distance||118.092km / 73.378 miles|
|Track length||4.542km / 2.822 miles|
|Longest straight||0.487km / 0.303 miles|
|Corners||17 (11 right, 6 left)|
|Pole position||1m33.713s (174.481km/h) Casey Stoner, Honda, 2012|
|Race lap||1m34.548s (172.940km/h) Dani Pedrosa, Honda, 2012|
|Race time||41m 18.629s (171.518km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2010)|
|2012 Winner||Casey Stoner, Honda|
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