Hi all and here is my roundup from the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship. This weekend the action came from Assen in Holland. A reduced timetable meant that not all the classes were riding but we had a few riders taking part so here's how they got on over the weekend.
In the Supersport 600 class we had Josh Owens taking part with his GP2 machine, and David Allingham, Jamie Perrin and Harry Truelove all on the standard 600cc machines.
In qualifying Josh was the first bike in the GP2 class and set a time fast enough for him to start 8th overall, closely followed by Jamie in 9th place overall with Harry Truelove starting from 12th on the grid. But it was David Allingham on his EHA Racing Yamaha who set a time which put him on the front the second row and 4th overall. A great result for David.
In the sprint race on Saturday which was over 12 laps the riders ended up being split into a few groups with the leading 4 riders breaking away from the chasing pack. Josh Owens came home in 5th overall and the first GP2 bike to finish. Which in turn meant that Josh was crowned the GP2 champion!!! Well done Josh.
David Allingham came home in 7th overall but the 6th Supersport bike to cross the line. Jamie Perrin came home in the top 10th and was 9th in the Supersport class, and Harry Truelove finished 12th in the 600 class.
Race 2 on Sunday was a longer distance of 16 laps. The pace again at the front was fast, the front 3 riders broke away and by the end of the race they were 19 seconds in front of the 4th place rider which was David Allingham. It was a great result for David who had slipped back to 11th place on lap 1 and came through the field to end up with a fantastic result.
Jamie followed him home in 5th place and again Harry came home in 12th position and scored a few more championship points. Josh unfortunately suffered a DNF in the second race.
The other class we had riders in was the Superbike class.
Gino Rea was back on familiar ground after racing here at Assen in various other championship and settled down in to a rhythm right from the very first practise session which was a rarity this season with Gino having to learn almost all of the tracks on this year's calendar. He was showing great promise in all the practise session and even into qualifying but a crash in the final few minutes of Q2 whilst on a fast lap ended his chances of going through into Q3. Despite the crash Gino started the first race from 11th position.
Luke Mossey had a qualifying session to forget, he advanced into Q2 but suffered a technical problem which stopped him taking any part in the session, which mean he would start the first race on Sunday from 17th on the grid. Joe Francis was making another appearance on the BMW bike, which is only his second time out on a superbike, unfortunately he starts race one from 25th on the grid. But it's all a learning experience for Joe riding these powerful 1000cc bikes.
The first race was action packed, Joe had a DNF and Gino slid out whilst fighting for a place inside the top 10. Luke finished in 14th place and scored 2 more points to add to his total for the season.
The second race was carnage from the very first lap. Dan Linfoot on the Honda Fireblade had an accident coming out of the final chicane which meant that all the following riders had to take avoiding action. Unluckily Gino was one of these and was hit from behind by Tommy Bridewell. The impact actually buckled Gino's rear wheel and the force going through that also set off his Frank Thomas Airbag suit, in Gino's own words he said that he had to ride round like the Michelin man for a few laps. Gino came home in 16th place after nursing his Suzuki GSXR to the finish line. It was a disappointing way for Gino to end his weekend which showed so much promise on Friday morning. Luke Mossey scored the final point by coming home in 15th place. Joe Francis came home in 17th place which is a great result for the BMW man.
The final round of the championship takes place on the longer GP track at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 12th, 1th and 14th of October. It's the last round and with the Superbike Championship and the Superstock 1000 Championship, and the Supersport 600 Championship the tension will be high, and the nerves will be felt throughout the whole paddock.
Until then, thanks for reading.