The 8th round of the 2019 MotoGP is going to be held this weekend at the famous TT Circuit Assen. With each passing race, the championship is getting more interesting and unpredictable. We are looking forward to witnessing some great action at the Dutch GP.

Here are 5 things you should know about the Dutch GP-

1) This weekend, Assen will host the World Championship for the 72nd time. It is the only track that has been featured on the calendar since 1949, the year the World Championship was established.

2) The first editions of the Dutch Grand Prix were held on public streets, then in 1955 the track also known as the Dutch TT was built. Due to its challenging and varied layout, the circuit also became known as “The Cathedral” and “The University of Two Wheels.”

3) In 2006, the track was largely renovated: the length – originally 7.7km – was reduced to 4.5km by modifying and eliminating most of the original first section, from the first corner to the current turn 4.

4) The last chicane is one of the most iconic parts of the track and often turned out to be decisive towards the final results, not without controversy. Riders enter it at a speed of approximately 260 km/h and slow down to 126 km/h covering about 160 metres in 3.8 seconds.

5) Ducati holds the top-speed record at Assen – 319.8 km/h – posted with Andrea Iannone in 2015.