Aleix Espargaró is de enige rijder die er nog is die de oude, ruim 6 km, lay-out met de lange noordlus heeft gereden:
Aleix Espargaro is the only full-time rider who raced the old layout, racing a Honda 125 here in 2005. "The old layout was ten times better," Espargaro said. "It's not because we are nostalgic, but it was ten times better. Assen is still beautiful, especially the last sector is very fast and different from all the other tracks, but it's more of a normal circuit now. The first and second sectors are more of a normal track. In the past it was crazy. Loved it. One of the best circuits ever."
met TT voorbeschouwing op de site van David Emmet: motomatters.com