MotoGP Netherlands 2012: Ernest's chop
MotoGP Netherlands 2012: Ernest's chop

Since this week there is a GP, it's time to take a look at Ernest's Chop Let's see what data they tell us about what for many years was considered "The Cathedral" of world motorcycling. Of course, then the GPs that are organized in our country arrived, with many more fans, modern circuits and much better weather than northern Europe and the cathedral was finally diluted. Of course, European fans continue to attend these GPs en masse for a very simple reason, the races, if they are good, it does not matter where you see them.

But let's not get lost around the bush and get to the point. Because in spite of everything Assen is the only circuit that has hosted all the seasons of the World Cup since it was the World Cup, since there were four friends racing until today that they are rivals to death among them because that is how the press has wanted it. In addition, it should be noted that the Record of victories at the Assen circuit is held by Mr. Ángel Nieto, with 15 victories, one more than D. Giacomo Agostini. Although speaking of the queen category, the king is D. Giacomo Agostini with six victories, one more than Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi.

  • Jorge Lorenzo arrives with 140 points in his locker, the same he had at this stage of the season in 2010, when he was proclaimed world champion.

  • Esteve "Tito" Rabat will complete his 100th career at Assen. The rider began his World Cup career at the 2005 Valencia GP as a Wild Card, competing in 76 races in the 125 category and at the last Silverstone Grand Prix he made his 23rd start in the Moto2 category.

  • On the day of qualifying training, the 38th anniversary of the first appearance of a certain Kenny Roberts in the world Cup. This appearance was at the Assen TT in 1974 in the 250cc class. He qualified first on the starting grid and finished third in the race.

  • Jorge Lorenzo's victory at the Silverstone GP was number 21, one less in the premier class than pilots like John Surtress and Geoff Duke (who won four world championships) and Kenny Roberts (with three world championships).

  • The podium achieved by Casey Soner at Silverstone is 21st consecutive top four that the Australian pilot gets. In the entire history of the World Cup, only Valentino Rossi with 28, Jorge Lorenzo with 25 and Giacomo Agostini with 22 have achieved a similar sequence.

  • Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, the MotoGP podium at Silverstone, is the 17th time the three riders have finished together on the podium. It is also the fourth time these three drivers have met on the podium so far this season.

  • The triumph of victories achieved by the Spanish pilots at Silverstone is the 14th time it is achieved, tying Spain with Italy in this ranking.

  • Cal Crutchlow's comeback who finished sixth leaving twentieth on the grid is the biggest comeback equaling Sylvain Guintolí in 2007 at the Japanese GP, who started 18th and finished 4th despite the rain.

  • Saturday (race day) will do 11 years since a British rider last won the 250cc class, the honor goes to Jeremy McWilliams.

  • Jorge Lorenzo He won his third consecutive GP at Silverstone, if he wins at Assen he will be the only driver to do so since Valentino Rossi won 5 consecutive races in 2008.

  • Marc Marquez won the 125 race of 2010 Starting from pole position, last year he won the Moto2 race starting from second position.

  • The only podium of Pol Espargaro in Assen dates back to a third place in 125cc in 2010, he did not finish the race last year due to a crash on lap 20.

  • Toni Elías won his first 125 race in 2001 at Assen

  • In 2011 Máverick Viñales had a perfect weekend, setting pole, winning the 125 race, and setting the fastest lap in the race. In his last eight races he has finished on the podium six times and five have been in the top box.

So far the statistics for this weekend, write them down to impress your friends at the bar. Or memorize them for when the television commentators are going to stick their snot, you can go ahead to finish the sentence. That they are not worth much more.

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