The TT Circuit in Assen, Netherlands, has a long racing history dating back to 1955. For many motorcycle fans, this is the most prestigious race on the MotoGP line-up. The Dutch TT has been held for the longest time, having started in 1925, and has been on the MotoGP line-up since it started in 1949.
The Assen circuit is a favourite among racing fans because it is relatively flat and the grandstands provide excellent views of the entire track. The track has been modernised and renovated over the years, in particular the famous banked turns which are considered too dangerous now. The Assen track used to be the longest track on the MotoGP line-up, at over 3.7 miles (6.0km). However, during the 2006 modifications, the track length was reduced to the current 2.822 miles (4.542 km). The track has six left corners and 12 right corners.
In 2013, it was Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) who won the race in Assen, his first win for the season. He was followed by Marc Marquez (Honda) in second place and Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) in third place. Race favourite, Jorge Lorenzo crashed badly during the free practice, but was able to ride in the race, albeit being injured – he finished in fifth place.
The track is located just 1.9 miles (3.0km) southwest of the city of Assen. Groningen is the closest major city and the track is easily accessible by car from there. Fans can take the A28 south and then take exit 32 Assen-Suid. From here, the track is well signposted and is just several hundred metres away. It is also possible to take the train from Groningen Hoofdstation to Assen. The train station is less than five miles (7km) from the racing circuit.
The closest international airport is Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, roughly 130 miles (200km) away. This is the Netherlands’ main airport and offers excellent air connections to Europe and further afield. The closest airport to the circuit is Groningen Airport Eelde, but this is a small regional airport which primarily services seasonal flights.