The Moto2 Assen race will be held on April 6th. The race is one of four Moto2 races and is hosted by the official MotoGP bike race events. It is one of the few races that are open for all bikes regardless of class and it is also one of only three that are held on the same weekend as the British Grand Prix.
The Moto2 World Championship starts off with a round of the Moto2 class in Assen. The races are as follows: Assen, Eifel, Rheine, Aragon, Monza and Maggiore. The race calendar has recently been greatly affected by the COVID-17 pandemic, which has caused the cancellation or postponement of several races. However, the race will go ahead as planned and is scheduled to start at 10am local time. The race will be broadcast live around the world by TV Avanti and it is expected that the race will end within the top ten in the class.
This is only the second time that Assen has hosted a Moto2 race. The last was a test day held in 2020. The riders and mechanics have been using a dry track to practice this time around and so it is expected that the racing on the track will be more competitive than at the test day. There is also a chance that the dry track will prove too slippery for the riders to be able to use.
The Moto2 Assen race is the second to last race of the season and it will see the riders and mechanics go for the overall win and the championship points. The riders competing are Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Johann Zarco, Bradley Smith, Diego Rosa and Nicky Hayden. The top twenty in the standings will then be decided. The winner is likely to take two-thirds of the points and the other riders competing can also benefit from the extra race points they can collect.
The Assen track is very similar to the circuit used by the GP bikes and is therefore more suited to the Moto2 category of racing. The first lap is one long and one hard and riders can expect the speed of the bikes to increase significantly on the first lap. This is because the dry track has less grip and the damp conditions make the road surface work harder. on which the race takes place is covered with dirt and gravel and there are no barriers to slow down the race.
The Assen corner is particularly fast and the riders need to avoid the outside right keys when they go into the second chicane at the end of the straight. It is therefore important that riders start from a position where they have a clear line to the inside on the inside and not overshoot. There is also another right hand chicane, known as the 'Red Flag' which requires the riders to start out from a low position and then they should avoid going over the kerb which results in them crashing.
The final corner is called the 'Green Flag' and it is used to overtake the corner and also for a wheelie. If the rider has an opportunity to take the right exit from the corner, the lap is won. However, it is possible for the riders to make a huge mistake by going into it too soon or by pulling onto the inside of another rider, but this is far less likely than in a GP race.
The race is a very fast affair and one where the bikes are used to speed up and then coast over the essen water to a finish. Riders are often able to gain a substantial gap to the leader before being caught out by a late braking, but the pace of this race makes it hard to overtake the leaders. Riders will therefore be looking for the best position to be in to gain a gap and then make a move at the finish.