Assen
Jun 30

MotoGP: Rossi remains upbeat despite tire choice regret

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 28:   Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP greets the fans at the end of the MotoGp race during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Race at  on June 28, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Italy and Movistar Yamaha greets the fans at the end of the race during the of Netherlands – Race on June 28, 2014 in , Netherlands. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi looked set to gamble on slick tires as the rest of the grid opted for rain tires during Saturday’s Iveco Daily TT Assen, but decided at the last moment to switch bikes. This forced Rossi to start from pit lane, although he quickly made his way through many of the trailing bikes.

Riders were forced to switch bikes again as the track began to dry, Rossi making his second trip to the pits. From here, Rossi charged through the remaining field, eventually finishing in fifth.

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Jun 29

MotoGP: Lorenzo confesses to being haunted by crash fears in Assen

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 27:  Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rounds the bend  during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Spain and Movistar Yamaha rounds the bend during the of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

In a brutally honest self-appraisal, double-world champion Jorge Lorenzo admitted to being “scared” and haunted by a fear of crashing in Saturday’s Dutch TT.

In a chaotic race in wet-dry conditions that described as “very, very dangerous,” Lorenzo had flashbacks to his hugely painful crash at one year ago.

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Jun 28

MotoGP: Fantastic Marquez maintains winning form in complicated TT race

In another day of magic from , the Spanish speedster won his eighth consecutive race of the season to set another high-water mark in .

With his win in the DutchTT, Marquez can now claim to be the world’s fastest man on two wheels, and perhaps fastest swimmer.

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Jun 27

MotoGP: Rossi puts high price on Assen victory

Valentino Rossi of Italy and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads down a straight  during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

of Italy and Movistar Yamaha heads down a straight during the of Netherlands – Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in , Netherlands. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi has put a high price on ending his one year losing streak with a win in Saturday’s Dutch TT at Assen.

Rossi’s last win was at this race a year ago, his only victory of 2013, and he is regarded as an Assen specialist.

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Jun 27

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro takes first pole in wet Q2 for Saturday race

Aleix Espargaro lifts his front wheel up after putting his No. 41 on pole for Saturday's MotoGP of Assen. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

lifts his front wheel up after putting his No. 41 on pole for Saturday’s of . (Photo courtesy .com)

The MotoGP race at the Iveco Daily TT Assen will see Aleix Espargaro get away from pole position on the grid on Saturday, ahead of and Dani Pedrosa on row one, after light rain disrupted Q2.

A group of riders were bunched up in an early dash from pit lane as they sensed light rain could become heavier right at the beginning of the Q2 run, with NGM Forward Racing’s Espargaro initially hanging behind that group and judging the conditions best for the first pole of his Grand Prix career.

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