How the Bookies See it
The TT Assen is one of the biggest annual sporting occasions in the Netherlands and welcomes thousands of fans from across Europe to a truly unique event on the MotoGP calendar. Known as "The Cathedral" of motorcycle racing, Assen has the honour of being the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949 without interruption.
Current leader of the World Standings and World Champion, Marc Marquez, is favourite once again, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi also in the running.
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Marc Marquez was back on form to claim second place in Barcelona two weeks ago to extend his lead in the title race to 27 points. He has enjoyed a decent record at Assen over the years too, failing to make the podium just once when he’s competed here. He won the race in 2014 and finished third there last year, so expect him to go well again.
Valentino Rossi has finished third in the last two GP races at Barcelona and Mugello so arrives in form to sit second in the World Standings. His record at Assen is exceptional, winning there eight times since his first success back in 2002. He knows the track and should be there competing for the win.
Maverick Vinales is third in the World Standings, despite only achieving one podium finish all season. His record at Assen isn’t particularly good either, finishing 10th in 2015, 16th in 2016 and failing to finish last year. We don’t expect much from him this year too, based on past and current form.
Jorge Lorenzo has won the last two races at Barcelona and Mugello, so arrives at Assen looking to complete a hat-trick of wins. However, his record at Assen isn’t the greatest. He won at the track back in 2010 but has only achieved a podium finish once since then, when he finished third in 2015. He’ll have to be at his best to be competing for another success.
Marc Marquez is once again the man they all have to beat and his 9/5 odds to win the race are better than they have been for a while. However, Valentino Rossi (9/2) has an impressive track record and gets the nod to claim another Assen victory.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Danilo Petrucci finished second at Assen in 2016 and 2017, so can be right up there again competing with MotoGP’s best riders. He also finished runner-up in Le Mans during race five of this season’s championship, so at odds of 22/1, looks to be a good bet for another top-3 finish.