The TT Circuit Assen
is a motorsport race track
built in 1955 and located in Assen
. Host of the Dutch TT
race, it is considered "The Cathedral" of motorcycling
by the fans. It has a capacity of 100,000 spectators, including 60,000 seats
.Since 1992 it is also part of the Superbike World Championship
The original Assen track was first used for the 1925 Dutch TT
(Tourist Trophy) race, held on country roads through the villages of Borger
, and organized by the Motorclub Assen en Omstreken
. The brick-paved track had a length of . The winner was Piet van Wijngaarden
on a 500 cc Norton
with an average speed of .
In years afterwards the Dutch TT was held on a road circuit through de Haar
(near Assen), Oude Tol
In 1951 the Italian Umberto Masetti
took the record on a 500 cc Gilera
with an average speed of . In 1954, Geoff Duke
of Great Britain
reached . The circuit remained unchanged until 1955, when a whole new circuit was built close to the site of the original, but less than a third of the length and much more like a modern road racing circuit.
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 September 21, 2009 it was announced that a new chicane will be added, after a request from the... Read More