Race 1 (18 laps)
Pos Rider Number Time Constructor
1 Scott Redding 45 1:36.356 Ducati
2 Josh Brookes 25 +4.977 Ducati
3 Jason O’Halloran 22 +5.254 Yamaha
4 Luke Stapleford 81 +5.293 Suzuki
5 Xavi Forés 6 +7.434 Honda
6 Danny Buchan 83 +7.505 Kawasaki
7 Tarran Mackenzie 95 +8.017 Yamaha
8 Peter Hickman 60 +9.204 BMW
9 Bradley Ray 28 +12.896 Suzuki
10 Héctor Barberá 80 +14.984 Kawasaki
11 Andrew Irwin 18 +20.183 Honda
Race 2 (18 laps)
Pos Rider Number Time Constructor
1 Scott Redding 45 1:36.710 Ducati
2 Tommy Bridewell 46 +3.385 Ducati
3 Danny Buchan 83 +3.518 Kawasaki
4 Josh Brookes 25 +3.829 Ducati
5 Luke Stapleford 81 +7.772 Suzuki
6 Xavi Forés 6 +10.523 Honda
7 Jason O’Halloran 22 +11.406 Yamaha
8 Peter Hickman 60 +12.452 BMW
9 Dan Linfoot 4 +14.441 Yamaha
10 Bradley Ray 28 +14.591 Suzuki
12 Andrew Irwin 18 +19.245 Honda
British Superbike Championship Standings
Pos Rider Number Constructor Points
1 Scott Redding 45 Ducati 595
2 Josh Brookes 25 Ducati 581
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Ducati 544
4 Danny Buchan 83 Kawasaki 540
5 Tarran Mackenzie 95 Yamaha 527
6 Peter Hickman 60 BMW 517
7 Xavi Forés 6 Honda 169
8 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda 161
9 Jason O’Halloran 22 Yamaha 156
10 Christian Iddon 21 BMW 145
TT Circuit Assen played host at the weekend to Round 10 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, as the series travelled to The Netherlands to a familiar circuit for Honda Racing’s duo Xavi Forés and Andrew Irwin from their time on the world stage.
Both Forés and Irwin showed solid pace across the weekend in all sessions, which was not always reflected in the timesheets. Sunday’s opening race got underway in near-perfect conditions at the 4.545km track and with Forés starting 12th and Irwin 18th, both had some work to do aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Forés had a good start off the line but was pushed wide going into the first corner. However, digging deep and using his circuit knowledge he carved his way back through the group to eventually cross the line fifth. Teammate Irwin also enjoyed a solid race coming from 18th on the grid, making his way through the pack to finish 11th.
For the second race Forés had a better starting position and started from the second row in sixth place. However, a mistake early on saw the Spaniard drop back and again had to make up places in the strong pack ahead. Once past [Peter] Hickman and [Jason] O’Halloran, Forés was looking strong, but with time lost overtaking his rivals, he wasn’t able to catch the front group and came home in sixth place.
Meanwhile Irwin started from 16th and made his way through the pack to finish 12th. The 25-year old is suffering slightly from a crash in Saturday’s Qualifying but throughout both races he was able to improve his lap times and start building back confidence after a few difficult rounds.
The Honda Racing team will now look forward to the penultimate round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with Round 11 taking place at Donington Park in two weeks time (4/5/6 October).
The first race was not so bad, I enjoyed it but starting from the fourth row it was not so easy! I got a good start but coming into the first turn I was pushed wide and I lost many places. I managed to make them up and when the safety car came out, I expected to overtake and go with the front group, as I felt I had the pace. I lost some laps overtaking Hickman and then the gap to the group was just too much to make up time. The second race was a fight for me to gain positions, to stay close I had to fight so much. I want to thank the team for the weekend, we made a lot of changes, the Fireblade was working a lot better and I was confident for my pace in the races. It was a shame not to be able to fight for the podium at Assen but Donington is next and we scored podiums last time, so let’s focus on there and see what happens.
Race 1 was a difficult race; it took me a long time to get going after the crash in Qualifying. I tried to get into a rhythm but was just going slower and slower in the early stages, but as the race progressed, I got more comfortable. I felt the second race was a lot better, if I’d have started further up the grid, I know I would have had the chance to fight for the top ten. I can’t be too disappointed with the results at the weekend, it’s two finishes and that’s important, we need to take steps forward and hopefully be closer to the top six at Donington.
We’re coming away from Assen not with the results we had hoped for, we did have higher expectations for the weekend, but for a number of reasons we’ve not been able to progress in the way we should have. There’s no easy way around it, it’s frustrating and a real shame. Andrew crashing out in qualifying put us on the back foot for the races, but he was able to improve his times and get some confidence back. With Xavi it’s frustrating as I know he has the potential; I know we could and should have been stronger. Our pace is there and we’re strong in the races, we just need to have stronger results in Qualifying in order to be within the front group on the grid for the races.
The Integro Yamaha squad today managed to secure their third consecutive Dickies British Supersport Championship title, after some epic battles at the iconic Dutch circuit of Assen.
The Colin Appleyard teamsters; Jack Kennedy and Brad Jones, can still knock points off each other to fight for the series crown but their winning consistency has moved the title from the grasp of season-long rival Alastair Seeley, a previous Supersport champion himself.
One of the most interesting, and at times nail-biting, points of the weekend was the match-up between the Appleyard prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 machines versus the GP2 Kalex of Kyle Ryde (which also runs on slick tyres) at this GP style circuit. This battle, with the addition of several fast wild cards, continued all weekend, resulting in some of the best racing of the season.
Jack had looked good through the free practice sessions despite battling a sickness bug which really laid him low on Friday. He dutifully topped qualifying at this high-lean inducing circuit, securing the top spot by 0.255s. Earlier Brad had headed the timing sheets but he ended up third behind his teammate and Kyle Ryde.
Saturday’s shorter Dickies British Supersport Sprint race witnessed the first of two all-engrossing encounters with six rider battles. Ryde took the holeshot before Brad made a superb move to lead the field, looking to back up his win at Oulton last time out. It was not to be though, as just a few corners later he lost the front and sent up clouds of dust!
At the half race stage, Kennedy made his move into the lead with Ryde staying in close contention with just 0.1 seconds between them every lap as they swapped positions. Jack made a big move into the renowned Geert Timmer final chicane, ran a little wide and the fast cornering GP2 machine of Ryde held on to take the flag.
Sunday’s Feature race was very similar, with maybe even more spectacular overtakes and slipstreaming. After battling with different riders early in the race it again became a high speed test of nerve between Jack and Kyle and again came down to the final chicane. This time Jack managed to take a slightly different line and held on for a popular sixteenth win of the season. Brad had a testing race after being bunched out at the start and ended up fifth, which translated to third for another podium in the main Supersport class.
In term of the series standings, Jack can now tie up his second consecutive title if he wins the opening race at Donington Park.
Jack Kennedy said: “I was hoping to put on a show to remind people how good Supersport battles can be, me and Kyle certainly gave them that over the last two days. It was great to do that in front of such a big crowd and on this cracking track. After he got me yesterday I knew Kyle would be really hard to beat and thought it would come down to the last few laps.
It was hard to know whether I wanted to lead or follow to be honest but in the end it all came down to the final chicane again. I put in a big lunge, managed to get it stopped and nearly went down to be honest, before managing to hold on to the line! I felt so sick at the start of the weekend I’m really happy to log some more good points, and we’ll be looking to get the win at the first race at Donington and wrap up the series!
Brad Jones reflected: “Obviously yesterday was a disaster but today I felt good in the early stages before the tyre went off a little and I have to be honest I had a bit of arm pump. I needed new leathers after yesterday’s crash and maybe they were a bit tight and needed bedding in. Big thanks to the team for getting the bike sorted after the off. We just keep racking up the points as you never know what might happen and I’m looking forward to Donington in a couple of weeks!
Team owner Robin Appleyard summed up: “What an exciting weekend of Supersport racing and we now have a third title, we just need to see which of the lads gets to wear the crown! Its been fascinating watching Jack and Kyle race each other this weekend and fair play to both of our riders putting it all on the line throughout. This place always produces cracking racing and again it didn’t disappoint, I can’t wait to watch it back on the TV when we get back to England.”