The British Superbike championship travelled across the sea to Assen in the Netherlands this weekend for the tenth round of the championship, where cold track temperatures and intermittent rain made for a challenging event.
In the MCE British Superbike class both Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson struggled to keep temperature in their tyres. Buchan finished just inside the top ten in the first race and just outside the top ten in race two (10-12). Jackson finished 12th in race one and 17th in the second. Fellow SHARK-supported British Superbike rider James Westmoreland amicably parted company with GBmoto Racing at the beginning of the weekend.
Kyle Ryde’s good start in race two of the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship was neutralised with an early safety car that lasted three laps. Ryde finished comfortably in fifth position, adding that to his sixth place finish in race one. Meanwhile Dean Hipwell came away with 12th and 11th with Luke Hedger making up for his race one DNF with a ninth in race two. Making his Supersport debut Joe Francis, substituting for the injured Reid on the Monster TTC Yamaha, had two top-ten finishes with ninth in the sprint race and eighth in the main race.
SHARK’s Ben Godfrey made a visit to the podium in the ONK Anglo/Dutch Superbike championship, joined by fellow SHARK rider Nick Anderson. In the ONK Anglo/Dutch Supersport championship, Jordan Weaving had a great start from pole but was knocked off his bike and out of the lead on the first lap.
There was SHARK success in the British Motostar Championship with Josh Owens making a comeback from a DNF in the first race to finish second in class in race two and take the championship title. Cameron Horsman took double race victory in his class. Fellow SHARK rider Charlie Nesbitt earned himself tenth place in the first race but was unable to finish the second race.
Assen also played host to the Ducati TriOptions Cup where Darren Fry and Aaron Brown recorded top ten results in both races: Fry earned himself sixth and tenth, while Brown came away with eighth in both races. UK journalist Alistair Fagan was also in action in the Ducati TriOptions Cup where he achieved 13th in the first race but unfortunately the second race saw him receive a DNF.
The World Superbike Championship made its return this weekend after the summer break with two races at Jerez. Tom Sykes dominated the first race from start to finish to take a stunning victory; the Englishman followed this with fifth in the second race. Sylvain Guintoli came away with tenth and ninth in the two races while Alex Lowes finished the first race in seventh and the second in 18th. Randy de Puniet had a tough weekend with 16th in race one and a DNF in the second.
This weekend also saw Endurance specialists Julien Da Costa, Freddy Foray and Vincent Phillippe tackle the Bol d’Or 24-hour race at Paul Ricard. After leading for the majority of the race Honda racers Da Costa and Foray were forced to retire from the event. Another championship title fell for a SHARK supported rider as Phillippe, and team, finished the Bol d’Or in third position giving them enough points to take the 2015 Endurance World Title.
Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at Aragon, while the next round of the World Superbikes and British Superbikes will take place on 3-4 October.