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Jun 25, 2013

Nicky Hayden Says He's Feeling Fresh And Focused For MotoGP Race At Assen

FIM MotoGP World Championship: Nicky Hayden (69) in action at Catalunya.
Ducati Team heads to the “Cathedral”

With the 2013 season having passed its one-third mark at the Catalan Grand Prix, the Ducati Team now travels to the Netherlands’ legendary TT Circuit Assen, the northernmost point on the MotoGP calendar. The championship’s longest-standing round and its only race to be held on a Saturday, Assen is a unique event that is rich in history. The circuit has undergone several modifications over the years, including a slight revision last year, but one thing that has never varied is the huge crowd of fanatical spectators that the event invariably draws.

Nicky Hayden has enjoyed the Assen TT since he started in MotoGP in 2003, and it played host to one of his three victories, in 2006 (his championship-winning year). Although Dovizioso has never been victorious at the Dutch track, he has a solid record of respectable results there, including premier-class podium finishes in each of his last two visits.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team
“First of all, the weather should certainly be a bit cooler in Holland than it was in Barcelona, and that can only be good for us. The Assen circuit isn’t like it used to be when it was one of the nicest tracks on the calendar, and it’s completely different from the last couple of tracks we’ve been to. I’m curious to see how the Desmosedici will go at Assen. We’ll use the same bike that we had at Barcelona, so without the updated frame. I must admit that I haven’t had much luck at Assen and that I’ve only had a pair of third-place finishes in the last two years, so we hope to go better this time!”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team
“It was nice to be home for a weekend for the first time in quite a while, but I certainly feel fresh and ready to come back strong and finish out this next little stretch of races before the summer break. The next three rounds are all at tracks that I like a lot, and Assen in particular is a great circuit with a great history. I really enjoy it, and I feel focused and ready. Hopefully we can use the information from the test in Barcelona to have a good race.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager
“Assen is a very technical track where it’s important to be able to find a setup that makes the bike manageable but that still has stability for the fast final part, which is the only section remaining from the old track. We’ll have to work a lot on the setup to avoid the problems that we had last year, so it’ll be important to have a good balance and manage good tyre life. Both of our riders have had some good results in the past at Assen: Nicky likes the track a lot, and although Andrea isn’t quite so fond of it, there are reasons to think we should have a good race.”

TT Circuit Assen Records
Circuit Record: Dani Pedrosa (Honda – 2012), 1:34.548 – 172.940 Km/h (107.460 mph)
Best Pole: Casey Stoner (Honda – 2012), 1:33.713 – 174.481 Km/h (108.417 mph)
Circuit Length: 4.542 km (2.822 mi)
2013 MotoGP Race: 26 laps (118.092 km/73.379 mi)
2013 MotoGP Schedule: 3:00 p.m. Local Time

2012 podium: 1st Casey Stoner (Honda), 2nd Dani Pedrosa (Honda), 3rd Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha)
2012 pole: Casey Stoner (Honda) 1:33.713 – 174.481 Km/h (108.417 mph)

Ducati Team Results at Assen (best finish)
2012: 6th (Hayden)
2011: 4th (Rossi)
2010: 3rd (Stoner)
2009: 3rd (Stoner)
2008: 1st (Stoner)
2007: 2nd (Stoner)
2006: 12th (Hofmann)
2005: 9th (Checa)
2004: 8th (Capirossi)
2003: 6th (Capirossi)

Ducati Team – Rider Info

Andrea Dovizioso
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP13
Race number: 04
Age: 27 (born in Forlimpopoli, Italy, 23 March 1986)
Residence: Forlì, Italy
Number of GPs: 192 (94 x MotoGP, 49 x 250cc, 49 x 125cc)
First GP: 2001 Italian GP (125cc)
Number of wins: 10 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First GP win: 2004 South African GP (125cc)
Poles: 14 (1 x MotoGP, 4 x 250cc, 9 x 125cc)
First pole: 2003 French GP (125cc)
World Championships: 1 (1 x 125cc)

Dovizioso’s MotoGP track record at Assen
2012: Grid, 7th; Race, 3rd
2011: Grid, 5th; Race, 3rd
2010: Grid, 6th; Race, 5th
2009: Grid, 8th; Race, NC
2008: Grid, 11th; Race, 5th

Dovizioso’s 250 track record at Assen
2007: Grid, 2nd; Race, 4th
2006: Grid, 3rd; Race, 3rd
2005: Grid, 7th; Race, 7th

Dovizioso’s 125 track record at Assen
2004: Grid, 3rd; Race, 4th
2003: Grid, 16th; Race, 10th
2002: Grid, 19th; Race, 11th

Nicky Hayden
Bike: Ducati Team Desmosedici GP13
Race number: 69
Age: 31 (born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA, 30 July 1981)
Residence: Owensboro (Kentucky, USA)
Number of GPs: 173 (173 x MotoGP)
First GP: 2003 Japanese GP (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First pole: 2005 USA GP (MotoGP)
World Championships: 1 (6 x MotoGP, 2006)

Hayden’s MotoGP track record at Assen
2012: Grid, 9th; Race, 6th
2011: Grid, 9th; Race, 5th
2010: Grid, 5th; Race, 7th
2009: Grid, 13th; Race, 8th
2008: Grid, 4th; Race, 4th
2007: Grid, 13th; Race, 3rd
2006: Grid, 4th; Race, 1st
2005: Grid, 5th; Race, 4th
2004: Grid, 16th; Race, 5th
2003: Grid, 12th; Race, 11th
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