For MotoGP fans, Assen isn’t just a household name, it’s far more than that. To earn the moniker of “The Cathedral,” means that it’s hallowed ground in the world of MotoGP.But for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, they’ll be walking onto the fabled course with some confidence underfoot. Since 1949 MotoGP riders have taken descended on the Dutch circuit, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t speak to the history of the track and for that, we’d like you to check out this video:
Last year at Assen MotoGP we witnessed a double Yamaha podium, with Rossi claiming victory and Lorenzo standing beside him. And things don’t look to be shaping up any differently, with the Yamaha riders moving into the top five during Friday Assen MotoGP free practice, despite the unpleasant weather.What exactly will the either round of the MotoGP World Championship have in store? We’re not sure but let’s put on our speculation hats and give the betting man some encouragement.Jorge Lorenzo is certainly on the prowl for some points. At Catalunya, the Italian Ducati pilot, Andrea Iannone, collided with Lorenzo. It was a disappointing result for Lorenzo, who has been in title contention for the 2016 season. Lorenzo currently holds the second place position in the point standings and with wins coming in the form of: 125cc (2004), 250cc (2006 and 2007) and a MotoGP class victory (2010), Lorenzo is looking like a strong checkered flag contender.He shared some thoughts on the upcoming race, “Barcelona was a great pity. I knew it was going to be a tough race especially after feeling that the tires were struggling after five or six laps, but then the crash ruined everything. Now we need to forget the incident and try to fight again in Assen. Racing in Holland is always a kind of bittersweet feeling.“It’s a track I love but on the other hand I’ve experienced both good and bad results. The layout is always good for our YZR-M1s so we are willing to have another go to get a great result again. I look forward to racing there!”While Jorge Lorenzo has done well at Assen in the past, I happen to be a man of prudence. Given Rossi’s track record, six-premier class victories at Assen, I’d gamble in that direction. The Italian rider currently holds Fastest Lap and Best Pole records due to the 1’32.627 lap he got down in the books last year. With the switch to Michelin, I’m not sure we’ll see those kinds of times this year but Rossi is one of the few riders that seems to be negotiating the tire situation well.Will we see another GP machine dual-sport adventure? One can only hope. However, a positive finish here would see him move up from third place, in which he currently sits. He shared his thoughts on the season earlier this week with the press: “Last year I fought for the title until the last race, but sometimes in the race I was faster as Lorenzo and Marquez.This year I seem to be stronger, even though I have less points.” Rossi also shared this with the official Yamaha release, “I used this short break to rest a bit and now I’m ready for the next race. I love Assen, it is one of my favourite tracks, but that doesn’t mean anything because every race this year is very open and very uncertain. We just have to stay focused, try to work in the best way possible and see what happens. In Barcelona we had a good race and also the test went well. I really want to get back on track and prepare for the upcoming race with my team.”We’ll be watching the Assen round, as I’m sure you all will. So for the latest updates regarding MotoGP, keep your browsers open to Ultimate MotorCycling.Photos by Luciano Bianchetto
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.