BSB | Assen preview

BSB reporter, Michael Burton
By Michael Burton

MichaelBurton94  BSB reporter, bike lover, born in the wrong era, britpop music worshipper and works in marketing for Club Doncaster

 

With just five races remaining of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, round 11 of the season rolls into Europe, and the TT Circuit Assen, and we here at BikeSocial are going to give you everything you need to know ahead of the nail-biting end to the year.

So last time out the Showdown started with a bang, with Jake Dixon chipping 14 points away from Leon Haslam large lead. This means as the pair jet across to the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, only 31 points separate the them at the top of the table.

It looks a two-way battle between the Kawasaki riders as to who will come out on top in 2018, with their nearest challenger McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes 74 points behind who’s level with Glenn Irwin.

Nothing short of a double victory will be enough for Brookes and Irwin at Assen if they if have any hope of challenging the runaway leaders.

Bradley Ray and Peter Hickman occupy fifth and sixth in the table, although tough starts to their Showdown campaigns’ almost rule them out of contention, but that won’t stop them from trying.

 

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The race for the Riders Cup is just as hotly contested as the Showdown, with five riders covered by 10 points.

Jason O’Halloran leads the charge, with rookie Tarran MacKenzie just behind with Danny Buchan, Christian Iddon and Tommy Bridewell only a point each behind the former Moto2 ace, so watch out for this battle come Sunday.

Last year saw one of the best races in the history of Bennetts British Superbikes, with a five-way battle between Leon Haslam, James Ellison, Josh Brookes, Sylvain Guintoli and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne in the second outing.

Numerous changes of the lead ensued with the Bennetts Suzuki rider Guintoli eventually taking the flag at the head of the group, with Brookes second and Haslam third.

The opening encounter once again saw a great battled between title rivals Byrne and Haslam, with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man getting the better of the Be Wiser Ducati rider with James Ellison picking up a podium aboard the McAMS Yamaha.

 

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The race for the Riders Cup is just as hotly contested as the Showdown, with five riders covered by 10 points.

Jason O’Halloran leads the charge, with rookie Tarran MacKenzie just behind with Danny Buchan, Christian Iddon and Tommy Bridewell only a point each behind the former Moto2 ace, so watch out for this battle come Sunday.

Last year saw one of the best races in the history of Bennetts British Superbikes, with a five-way battle between Leon Haslam, James Ellison, Josh Brookes, Sylvain Guintoli and Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne in the second outing.

Numerous changes of the lead ensued with the Bennetts Suzuki rider Guintoli eventually taking the flag at the head of the group, with Brookes second and Haslam third.

The opening encounter once again saw a great battled between title rivals Byrne and Haslam, with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki man getting the better of the Be Wiser Ducati rider with James Ellison picking up a podium aboard the McAMS Yamaha.

 

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There are many great places to watch all the action from, with the obvious spot the Gert Timmer chicane, the final two corners around the ‘Cathedral of Speed.’

All the races will be decided at this point of the circuit, and with a comfy grandstand seat, there certainly isn’t a better place to take in all the action.

Turn one is an equally entertaining piece of tarmac, a heavy braking zone after a long straight see’s many overtaking maneuverers take place. Once again, a comfy grandstand will be available courtesy of the circuit extending the area to the length of the straight.

As they way with the Dutch weather we’d advise to pack your raincoat and a brolly, because the weather can change its mind at any point.

The Dutch TT circuit is very open, with not a lot of shelter, however with the grandstand on the main straight under cover, this will be your best place to stay dry. 

The paddock café will be the best place to grab something to eat, which is situated within the paddock, with access available for any fans through the tunnel at the home straight Grandstand.

Burger vans will be available around the circuit at various different sections of the track.

 

 

 

Sunday is the big day with racing set for 12:30 and 3:30 UK time, with both races live on British Eurosport. Saturday’s three tier qualifying session will also be shown live on British Eurosport at 3:00 in the UK.

Once again, it’s not just the Bennetts British Superbike Championship who are out to entertain you this weekend, a full programme of support classes have travelled to Holland.

The Dickies British Supersport is back in action with Jack Kennedy and Ben Currie battle it out once again, with the Gearlink Kawasaki rider just 30 points behind the Irishman.

50 points are on the table over the weekend, and with Ben Currie hitting form at just the right time the battle between the pair will ignite again at the ‘Cathedral of Speed.’

 

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The penultimate round of the British Talent Cup takes place at Assen, with two races across the weekend. Thomas Strudwick still holds the lead of the Championship by just four points from Scotsman Rory Skinner.

Max Cook sits third on 85 points, however with just four races left, it looks set to be a Struckwick and Skinner showdown. Expect fireworks as the pair will tussle on track into the final chicane.

Rob Guiver has already sown up the 2018 Ducati Tri-Options Cup, however the race for second place will be going down to the wire, as Lewis Rollo and Sean Neary are separated by just 16 points.

Two races across the weekend could see either man put one hand on the second-place trophy, so this will be the battle to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.

The Hyundai Construction Equipment British Sidecar Championship are back in action at the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, with once again the battle for second close between three outfits.

Ellis/Richardson, Bryan/Hyde and Stevens/Charlwood are all separated by 54 points with two races across the weekend at the famous Dutch venue. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fantastic three-wheeled action this weekend.

 

 

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Apart of the undercard the Championship hosts the Dutch Superbike and Supersport Championship and the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM.

Both Championships offer great racing, with many recognisable names from the Bennetts British Superbike taking part in the Dutch Superbike battle on Sunday afternoon. 

Tickets for the event are available for just £28 on race day, with Grandstand tickets available on the day at the track. You can purchase the tickets here, or alternatively you can catch all the action live on British Eurosport on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

 

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