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Revision: MXGP at Assen

Flicking through the history books

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Assen, the track that plays host to the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, is still relatively new. This will be the fourth time that the FIM Motocross World Championship has graced the old-school facility, which is almost hard to believe. There have been countless poignant moments in the power-sapping sand.

Romain Febvre claimed his sole world title at Assen, Clement Desalle took his first overall win with Monster Energy KRT, Jorge Prado made a significant splash in his debut in the MX2 class and Antonio Cairoli acquired his ninth title. Those are four moments that stand out from the past three events. All of those are just going to fall into the background after this weekend, however, as Assen will be remembered as the circuit where Jeffrey Herlings took his maiden title in the premier class. It is almost inevitable that those celebrations will take place this weekend, but this feature focusses on what has happened in the past.

Jeffrey Herlings has had more success than any other rider at Assen (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Jeffrey Herlings is the winningest rider in the FIM Motocross World Championship at Assen, unsurprisingly, as he has won three of the six motos that have taken place there. One of those individual victories occurred in the MX2 class, as there have been no repeat winners in that class. In the six motos that have taken place there have actually been six different winners; Tim Gajser, Max Anstie, Thomas Covington, Jeffrey Herlings, Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado are on that list. It is rather likely that there is going to be a repeat winner this weekend though. Make the most of that statistic whilst it is still significant!

The premier class is actually similar, except there have been four different winners in the six motos. Jeffrey Herlings and Shaun Simpson are currently tied as the winningest riders, with two race victories apiece, then Romain Febvre and Antonio Cairoli have one each. It does not really need to be said, but it is obviously very likely that Herlings is going to edge ahead this weekend and become the winningest rider in the division. If that does indeed happen then it will strengthen the grip that KTM have on those history books also, as they have won five of the six races thus far with three different guys.

Jorge Prado has been very good at the Dutch MXGP the last two years (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

The MX2 history books are obviously wide open at this point. Kawasaki (Max Anstie), Honda (Tim Gajser), Husqvarna (Thomas Covington) and KTM (Jeffrey Herlings, Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass) have had success in one way or another. Yamaha could potentially join that list with Ben Watson this weekend, it is not out of the question at all, but Suzuki will continue to be an outcast. It is honestly quite likely that KTM will add to their total in this class too, however, as Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado have been extremely tough to beat in recent weeks. In order to achieve more success, they must first avoid taking each other out of the running though.

Why has there been such parity at this particular track? It is unique in so many ways, from the environment to the conditions, and seems to prompt more mistakes than other circuits on the calendar. The weather has also been unpredictable in the past. Rain has made conditions treacherous the last two years and that has only added to that. The fourth edition of the MXGP of The Netherlands should take place underneath sunny skies though, which is fitting in so many ways. It is only right that a historic occasion takes place in pleasant conditions.

Previous Winners: MXGP at Assen

2017

Jeffrey Herlings

2016

Clement Desalle

2015

Shaun Simpson

Previous Winners: MX2 at Assen

2017

Jorge Prado

2016

Jeffrey Herlings

2015

Tim Gajser

Thomas Covington managed to win one of the six MX2 motos at Assen (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

Manufacturer Wins: MXGP at Assen

2017

KTM

2016

Kawasaki

2015

KTM

Manufacturer Wins: MX2 at Assen

2017

KTM

2016

KTM

2015

Honda

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo

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