WSBK, Assen

Posted: 24 Apr 2012

Well, what an eventful weekend! This weekend saw the third WSBK round head to the historic track of Assen, which is situated in the north of The Netherlands. And, the action on and off the track certainly didn’t disappoint…

On Friday we broke the news of Biaggi’s motorhome suspension collapsing, and it seems he had similar luck on the track all weekend finishing fourth and eighth in races one and two respectively. BMW Motorrad’s Leon Haslam also endured similar bad luck, taking a tumble in qualifying practice – perhaps a sign of things to come? We predicted that the weather would play an important role this weekend and tweeted:

“It is now raining in Assen #WSBK - if the weather is as unpredictable on race day it will throw a cat amongst the pigeons...”

If only we could predict the lottery numbers as well. The weekend saw extremely close racing action and well-known riders such as Checa making school boy errors:

“Apparently Checa is on wet tyres. Bad decision?”

Turned out to be a bad decision, meaning that he had to retire in race two.

Brit rider Tom Sykes scored pole position on Saturday:

“Well done to Brit @tomsykes66 – showing Imola wasn't just a one-off!”

@Carlir6 agreed on Twitter and showed her support for Tom tweeting:

“He is definitely on fire this season J I think he’s going to do really well... I would place money on it...”

Saturday saw bad luck return for Biaggi:

“So no Superpole for Biaggi? Was he kept awake by his motorhome suspension worries reported here yesterday? ;)”

@Bikerjude suggested her reasons for his lack of competitive lap times:

“Has he lost the plot?”

While the sun wasn’t shining, it did give riders a chance to fine-tune their wet set-up – something that was definitely required on Sunday when the skies opened during race one and we saw Haslam crash out of the lead when he was close to achieving BMW Motorrrad’s first race win…

Meanwhile back in the UK, we tweeted James Toseland’s time for the London marathon:

“James Toseland just completed the #LondonMarathon in 3 hours 14 minutes which is really good going!”

Monday morning arrived and we were still talking about the WSBK races:

“We're still talking about that great WSBK weekend, it was nice to see @Jimwhit69 doing the pit lane walk again for @EurosportUKTV!”

We also updated our followers on McCormick’s progress after his crash in race two:

“News from McCormick after his crash yesterday, it's expected that he will make a full and speedy recovery...

We look forward to a bumper weekend of motorcycle racing with BSB at Oulton Park, WSBK in Monza and MotoGP in Estoril on 5-6 May.

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