2019 Assen MotoGP Preview: Marquez Leads Dovi by 37

Marc Marquez has lead heading into Assen TT 2019
Honda's Marc Marquez

2019 Assen MotoGP Preview

Last year, the Assen TT circuit celebrated its 70th year of Grand Prix motorcycle racing – and the race was truly a crowd pleaser.

Before over 100,000 fans, eight riders had made over 100 overtakes at the Assen TT circuit – the only one to be featured on the Grand Prix calendar every year since the series began in 1949.

Winning from pole after all those overtakes was no other than Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, the Spaniard finishing ahead of Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales.

Marc Marquez has lead heading into Assen TT 2019
Honda’s Marc Marquez

The 2018 Dutch TT in the Netherlands allowed Marquez to collect more points en route to his fifth MotoGP title.

The RC213V pilot will look to repeat last year’s performance during this Sunday’s round eight of 19. He enters with a 37-point lead over Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, and 39 ahead of Rins.

Heading into “The Cathedral,” Marquez has finished second of better at ever round except for Austin MotoGP, where he crashed out. His finishes so far in 2019 MotoGP include four wins, the latest arriving in Catalunya two weeks ago.

In the Netherlands, Marquez has finished on the podium across all classes for nine-consecutive years. This includes five wins – but only two in MotoGP: 2014 and 2018.

Ducati Dovizioso heads to 2019 Dutch TT
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso

“Assen is a circuit where you need to be very precise and it’s difficult to be consistent there,” Marc Marquez says of Dutch TT, which since 2016 has been held on Sundays instead of Saturdays. “To be consistent and precise in the fast change of directions is really important to go well at Assen.

“I’m looking forward to racing there again as we have had some good battles in the past and have put on a great show for the fans. I am sure we will have a great race on Sunday. The weather is also looking good so I am confident we can have a strong weekend.”

Marquez’s biggest threats are Dovizioso, Rins and Rossi. Dovizioso was one of the many – including Rossi – who crashed out of the Catalunya GP and lost some points. Since joining the premier MotoGP class in 2008, Dovizioso has finished on the Assen TT podium only three times, his best of second arriving in 2014 with Ducati.

2019 assen motogp alex rins suzuki
Suzuki’s Alex Rins

As for Rins, he has garnered points in 16-consecutive races and scored a win this season at Circuit of the Americas – a race that dethroned Marquez of seven-straight wins in Texas.

Rossi is currently fifth in points, 68 behind. Though this far back, he is the winningest rider in Assen. He has 10 victories there – including eight in MotoGP. Last season he finished fifth, just behind Dovizioso.

Practice for the 2019 Dutch TT begins Friday, followed by Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s 26-lap GP. For television times, visit 2019 MotoGP USA TV Schedule.

2019 MotoGP Point Standings (after 7 of 19 rounds):

Pos. Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 140
2 Andrea Dovizioso 103
3 Alex Rins 101
4 Danilo Petrucci 98
5 Valentino Rossi 72
6 Jack Miller 53
7 Fabio Quartararo 51
8 Takaaki Nakagami 48
9 Pol Espargaro 47
10 Cal Crutchlow 42
11 Maverick Viñales 40
12 Franco Morbidelli 34
13 Aleix Espargaro 27
14 Joan Mir 22
15 Jorge Lorenzo 19
16 Johann Zarco 16
17 Andrea Iannone 12
18 Miguel Oliveira 12
19 Francesco Bagnaia 9
20 Michele Pirro 9
21 Tito Rabat 9
22 Stefan Bradl 6
23 Sylvain Guintoli 3
24 Hafizh Syahrin 2
25 Karel Abraham 2
26 Bradley Smith 0