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TT Circuit Assen

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TT Circuit Assen
TT Assen.svg

Configuration for automobile racing

TT Circuit Assen moto.svg

Configuration for motorcycle racing
LocationAssen, Netherlands
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Coordinates52°57′42″N 6°31′24″E / 52.96167°N 6.52333°E / 52.96167; 6.52333
FIA Grade2
OwnerStichting Circuit van Drenthe
Major eventsCurrent:
World Championship motorcycle racing
Dutch TT (1949–2019, 2021–present)
World SBK (1992–2019, 2021–present)
Sidecar World Championship
(1955–2003, 2005–2008, 2013–2019, 2021–present)
MotoE (2021–present)
Supercar Challenge
FIM EWC (1979–1980, 1995–1996, 2003–2006)
DTM (2019–2021)
W Series (2019)
TCR Europe (2018)
European Truck Racing Championship (2004–2005, 2009)
British Superbike Championship (2012–2019)
ADAC GT Masters (2008–2011)
German F3 Cup (2004–2012)
Superleague Formula
Champ Car World Series (2007)
Motocross World Championship
Grand Prix Circuit (2006–present)
Length4.555 km (2.831 miles)
Turns18 (12 right, 6 left)
Race lap record1:18.298 (Ingo Gerstl, Toro Rosso STR1, 2018, BOSS GP)
Motorcycle Circuit (2010–present)
Length4.542 km (2.822 miles)
Turns18 (12 right, 6 left)
Race lap record1:32.500 (Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia RS-GP, 2022, MotoGP)
Grand Prix Circuit (2005)
Length5.997 km (3.726 miles)
Race lap record2:00.991 (Valentino Rossi, Yamaha YZR-M1, 2005, MotoGP)
National Circuit (2005)
Length3.851 km (2.393 miles)
Race lap record1:18.602 (Martin Hippe, Dallara F303, 2005, F3)
Grand Prix Circuit (2002–2004)
Length6.027 km (3.745 miles)
Race lap record1:59.472 (Valentino Rossi, Yamaha YZR-M1, 2004, MotoGP)
National Circuit (2002–2004)
Length3.904 km (2.426 miles)
Race lap record1:15.928 (Thomas Holzer, Dallara F302, 2004, F3)
Grand Prix Circuit (1984–2001)
Length6.049 km (3.759 miles)
Race lap record2:02.471 (Tadayuki Okada, Honda NSR500, 1999, 500cc)
National Circuit (1981–2001)
Length3.919 km (2.435 miles)
Race lap record1:23.110 (Raymond Roche, Ducati 888 SBK, 1992, World SBK)
Grand Prix Circuit (1981–1983)
Length7.685 km (4.775 miles)
Race lap record2:47.470 (Kenny Roberts, Yamaha YZR500, 1983, 500cc)
Grand Prix Circuit (1976–1980)
Length7.717 km (4.796 miles)
Race lap record2:54.500 (Virginio Ferrari, Suzuki RG 500, 1979, 500cc)
Grand Prix Circuit (1955–1975)
Length7.700 km (4.785 miles)

The TT Circuit Assen is a motorsport race track built in 1955 and located in Assen, Netherlands. Host of the Dutch TT, it is popularly referred to as "The Cathedral" of motorcycling by the fans of the sport. The venue has the distinction of holding the most Grand Prix motorcycle races every year (except 2020) since the series was created in 1949. It has a capacity of 110,000 spectators, including 60,000 seats. Since 1992, the circuit has also been part of the World SBK calendar except the 2020 season.


Original Dutch TT Van Drenthe Circuit (1926–1954)
Original Dutch TT Van Drenthe Circuit (1926–1954)
Training session in front of the grandstand
Training session in front of the grandstand
Panoramic view of the TT Circuit Assen
Panoramic view of the TT Circuit Assen

The original Assen track was first used for the 1926 Dutch TT (Tourist Trophy) race, after the first 1925 event was held on country roads through the villages of Rolde, Borger, Schoonloo and Grolloo, and organized by the Motorclub Assen en Omstreken. The brick- and semi-paved track had a length of 28.57 km (17.75 mi). The winner was Piet van Wijngaarden on a 500 cc Norton with an average speed of 91.4 km/h (56.8 mph). From 1926 on the Dutch TT was held at Assen on a street circuit through De Haar, Barteldsbocht, Oude Tol, Hooghalen, Laaghalen and Laaghalerveen.

In 1951 the Italian Umberto Masetti took the record on a 500 cc Gilera with an average speed of 162.35 km/h (100.88 mph). In 1954, Geoff Duke of Great Britain reached 170.69 km/h (106.06 mph). The circuit remained unchanged until 1955, when a whole new circuit was built by using a third of the original street circuit, joined with purpose-built sections, but less than a third of the length and much more like a modern road racing circuit.

In the period of 1999-2002, the circuit invested millions in upgrades. In 1999, the circuit management placed a new main grandstand and hospitality buildings. In 2000, a new Race Control tower was built, as well as 34 newly equipped pit boxes, a new media and medical centre. Between September 2001 and April 2002, another 9 million Euro's is spent on the enlargement of the paddock area from 40 to 60.000 square metres. This upgrade meant that the Veenslang and Ruskenhoek corners had to be altered. The main straight has also moved about 50 metres eastwards and a new two-lane tunnel now connects the paddock with the main entrance road and the media accreditation / welcome centre. The Mandeveen and Duikersloot corners have been moved back by 10 metres to accommodate larger run-offs and gravel beds at the southern part of the circuit. That part of the track has also been resurfaced with new asphalt. In total, the circuit has been shortened from 6.049 km (3.759 mi) to 6.027 km (3.745 mi). The total amount of costs on these upgrades is 23 million Euro's.[1]

In 2005, the grandstand at the Geert Timmer corner was slightly altered. In order to improve the gravel run-off length, the grandstand was made in a 'floating' manner to accommodate the extra space that was needed. The lay-out of the circuit was also slightly altered.[2]

The circuit was fundamentally redesigned again in 2006, becoming the so-called A-Style Assen TT Circuit. All alterations aside, only one section of the circuit is original; the finish line never moved. On 21 September 2009 it was announced that a new chicane will be added, after a request from the A1GP organization,[3] however A1GP was unable to start the 2009–2010 season and as a substitute the Superleague Formula replaced A1GP.

Layout history

Current racetrack

Main straight.
Main straight.

Assen race track was built in 1955, and initially had a length of 7.705 km (4.788 mi). The current track has a length of 4.555 km (2.830 mi) with the mixture of super fast flat-out and slow corners. The longest straight is 560 m (1,840 ft).[4] The curves in Assen were traditionally banked and the surface is extremely grippy, so the riders were able to drive much faster on the course than other circuits. Today these sloped or curved bends have been modified due to safety issues.


On 6 July 2004, the organisation announced plans for an amusement park located to the north of the track. In 2006 the northern loop was removed and the length was shortened to 4.555 km (2.830 mi). The new centre is expected to be visited by 300,000 people, and the total investment is approximately €85 million.

Lap records

The official fastest race lap records at the TT Circuit Assen are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event
Motorcycle Circuit: 4.542 km (2010–present)
MotoGP 1:32.500 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia RS-GP 2022 Dutch TT
World SBK 1:33.620[5] Álvaro Bautista Ducati Panigale V4 R 2022 Assen World SBK round
BSB 1:36.330[6] Leon Haslam Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR 2018 Assen BSB round
Moto2 1:36.690 Raúl Fernández Kalex Moto2 2021 Dutch TT
World SSP 1:37.688[7] Dominique Aegerter Yamaha YZF-R6 2021 Assen World SSP round
Moto3 1:41.190 John McPhee Husqvarna FR250GP 2022 Dutch TT
MotoE 1:43.086 Eric Granado Energica Ego 2022 Dutch TT
Supersport 300 1:49.055[8] Koen Meuffels Kawasaki Ninja 400 2021 Assen Supersport 300 round
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.555 km (2006–present)
Formula One 1:18.298 Ingo Gerstl Toro Rosso STR1 2018 Assen BOSS GP Series round
Champ Car 1:20.727 Dan Clarke Panoz DP01 2007 Bavaria Champ Car Grand Prix
Superleague Formula 1:23.547 Yelmer Buurman Panoz DP09 2010 Assen Superleague Formula round
Class 1 Touring Cars 1:26.123[9] Fabio Scherer Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2020 Assen DTM round
FA1 1:26.831[10] Dani Clos Lola B05/52 2014 Acceleration in Assen
Formula 3 1:31.903[11] Markus Pommer Dallara F306 2011 2nd Assen German F3 round
GT3 1:33.743[12] Mike Rockenfeller Audi R8 LMS Evo 2021 Assen DTM round
Formula Renault 2.0 1:34.963[13] Gilles Magnus Tatuus FR2.0/13 2017 Assen Formula Renault NEC round
W Series 1:35.384 Emma Kimiläinen Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019 Assen W Series round
MotoGP 1:36.558 Valentino Rossi Yamaha YZR-M1 2009 Dutch TT
Formula 4 1:38.474[14] Michael Belov Tatuus F4-T014 2018 Assen SMP F4 round
World SBK 1:38.680 Noriyuki Haga Ducati 1098R 2009 Assen World SBK round
250cc 1:40.340 Álvaro Bautista Aprilia RSA 250 2008 Dutch TT
ADAC Formel Masters 1:40.409[15] Dennis Vollmair Dallara Formulino Plus 2009 Assen ADAC Formel Masters round
World SSP 1:40.836 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha YZF-R6 2009 Assen World SSP round
125cc 1:45.098 Sergio Gadea Aprilia RS125R 2006 Dutch TT
TCR Touring Car 1:45.592[16] Attila Tassi Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) 2018 Assen TCR Europe round
Truck racing 2:10.057[17] Antonio Albacete MAN TGS 2009 Assen ETRC round
Grand Prix Circuit: 5.997 km (2005)
MotoGP 2:00.991 Valentino Rossi Yamaha YZR-M1 2005 Dutch TT
World SBK 2:04.685[18] Chris Vermeulen Honda CBR1000RR 2005 Assen World SBK round
250cc 2:05.191 Sebastián Porto Aprilia RSV 250 2005 Dutch TT
World SSP 2:08.865[19] Katsuaki Fujiwara Honda CBR600RR 2005 Assen World SSP round
125cc 2:13.536 Héctor Faubel Aprilia RS125R 2005 Dutch TT
National Circuit: 3.851 km (2005)
Formula 3 1:18.602[20] Martin Hippe Dallara F303 2005 Assen German F3 round
Truck racing 1:52.800[21] Markus Oestreich Volkswagen Titan 2005 Assen ETRC round
Grand Prix Circuit: 6.027 km (2002–2004)
MotoGP 1:59.472 Valentino Rossi Yamaha YZR-M1 2004 Dutch TT
World SBK 2:02.395[22] Colin Edwards Honda VTR1000SP2 2002 Assen World SBK round
250cc 2:03.469 Dani Pedrosa Honda RS250R 2004 Dutch TT
World SSP 2:06.922[23] Katsuaki Fujiwara Suzuki GSX600R 2003 Assen World SSP round
125cc 2:10.123 Jorge Lorenzo Derbi RSA 125 2004 Dutch TT
National Circuit: 3.904 km (2002–2004)
Formula 3 1:15.928[24] Thomas Holzer Dallara F302 2004 Assen German F3 round
Grand Prix Circuit: 6.049 km (1984–2001)
500cc 2:02.471 Tadayuki Okada Honda NSR500 1999 Dutch TT
World SBK 2:03.914[25] Carl Fogarty Ducati 996 RS 1999 Assen World SBK round
250cc 2:05.696 Valentino Rossi Aprilia RSV 250 1999 Dutch TT
World SSP 2:08.748[26] James Whitham Yamaha YZF-R6 2001 Assen World SSP round
125cc 2:13.225 Noboru Ueda Honda RS125R 1999 Dutch TT
80cc 2:30.790 Ian McConnachie Krauser 80 1986 Dutch TT
National Circuit: 3.919 km (1981–2001)
World SBK 1:23.110[27] Raymond Roche Ducati 888 SBK 1992 Assen World SBK round
Grand Prix Circuit: 7.685 km (1981–1983)
500cc 2:47.470 Kenny Roberts Yamaha YZR500 1983 Dutch TT
250cc 2:57.790 Carlos Lavado Yamaha TZ 250 1983 Dutch TT
125cc 3:05.620 Ángel Nieto Garelli 125 GP 1983 Dutch TT
50cc 3:24.870 Eugenio Lazzarini Garelli 50 GP 1983 Dutch TT
Grand Prix Circuit: 7.717 km (1976–1980)
500cc 2:54.500 Virginio Ferrari Suzuki RG 500 1979 Dutch TT
350cc 3:02.500 Patrick Fernandez Yamaha TZ 350 1977 Dutch TT
250cc 3:02.800 Kork Ballington Kawasaki KR250 1979 Dutch TT
125cc 3:13.200 Ángel Nieto Minarelli 125 GP 1979 Dutch TT
50cc 3:33.500 Eugenio Lazzarini Kreidler 50 GP 1977 Dutch TT



See also


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