Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog, guest written by our BSB correspondent Dan from our Leeds store…
Hi everyone and welcome to my latest round up of action from the British Superbike championship. This weekend the action came from Assen in Holland. A fan favourite, with it being relativity easy to get to, with plenty of ferries available from all around the UK. The fast flowing Assen circuit always provides plenty of action all race long. It could be the high speeds and flowing sections or the final chicane always giving a chance for a last lap overtake to steal a win or a podium place, but this circuit has a special place in a lot of fans hearts.
Now on to our supported riders, only 5 riders in action this weekend due to not all the classes making the short trip over to Holland.
In the Superbike class it was a weekend to forget for Josh Owens, making only his second appearance in the class. Josh had a crash in qualifying which meant he had to start the first race from the back of the grid. In both of the races his luck didn’t change much as he registered 2 DNFs. Here’s hoping for better luck next time out for Josh.
Joe Francis also had a rough weekend and went out in Q1 in qualifying and started the first race from 25th place on the grid. His fortunes didn’t change much either and he also suffered 2 DNFs as he retired from race 1 with a gear shift problem and in race 2 he suffered with chatter issues which meant the feeling of the bike was totally different to what Joe was used to.
Ben Currie made it into Q2 but unfortunately ended up in 17th place and missed out on a spot in the final qualifying session. It was a great turn around for Ben who suffered a nasty crash in the free practice which meant he missed out on a lot of track time. In race 1 Ben crossed the line in 15th place and secured the final scoring point position, Ben made progress through the field during the race and was impressing with each lap of the race. In race 2 Ben finished in 17th place and just missed out on another points scoring finish.
Glenn Irwin on the Tyco BMW made it into Q3 for the 4th race running, by putting in a time which was good enough to put him on the outside of the 3rd row of the grid for the first race of the weekend. Glenn made a solid start and held station within the top 10 but made a small mistake at the final chicane and he dropped outside the top 10 by the end of the following lap. Bad luck struck Glenn and his BMW as with only a few laps left Glenn slipped down the field and had to retire with only a couple of laps left in the race. In race 2 Glenn crossed the line in 15th place and scored the final championship point.
The other rider we had racing this weekend was Ross Twyman making his 2nd appearance on the GP2 machine. Ross qualified in 21st place overall and was the 6th GP2 bike in that class. In the first race Ross made his way through the field and by the end of the race his was up to 17th overall and the 5th GP2 bike to cross the line. In the 2nd race Ross was gaining places throughout the race after being as low as 18th position at one point, he battled his way back up to 12th place and the 5th GP2 bike by the end of the race.
The championship now moves back to the UK and back to Donington Park, but this time it’s the full grand prix circuit. The next round takes place over the weekend of 4th-5th-6th of October.
That’s all for this weekend and thanks for reading! See you next time,