After an action-packed start to the WorldSSP300 season, the championship now heads to The Netherlands and the famous TT Circuit Assen for the second round! The circuit, near the northern city of Groningen, has provided first-class motorcycle racing for decades; the area of Assen can actually be traced back to 1925 for motorcycle racing, and this year’s WorldSSP300 field promises to make more history at the legendary Dutch circuit!
Leading the field in the championship, Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) took a brilliant first win at the MotorLand Aragon circuit, as he took victory on the final corner. The young Spaniard heads to the TT Circuit Assen, where he came from 16th on the grid to finish ninth in 2018, in hope of increasing his championship lead.
Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno) made a welcome step on the Aragon podium for the first top-three of his career. The Frenchman looked on course for a win but ended up finishing just 0.058s behind winner, Gonzalez. Last season, he was 0.352s from the point-scoring positions and will be looking to back up the podium achieved in Spain. Should he podium again, then he will be the first French rider in the WorldSSP300 class’ short but illustrious history to achieve back-to-back podiums.
Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) was the winner of the first ever Dutch round in the WorldSSP300 class, and he placed third at the circuit last season from tenth on the grid. Starting his season with a fine podium at MotorLand Aragon, he will hope to make it back-to-back podiums for a third season running. Can the Dutch rider be a hero at home for a third year?
Jan-Ole Jahnig (Freudenberg KTM Junior Team) will be looking to achieve a podium he narrowly missed out in MotorLand Aragon. The 18-year-old heads to Assen, a circuit which he was eighth at in 2018, having started from 20th on the grid. Always racing better than his Tissot Superpole result, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this exciting young German prospect on Sunday!
Completing the top five in the championship is French rider, Andy Verdoia (BCD Yamaha MS Racing). Having achieved a career-best of fifth place at MotorLand Aragon from fifth on the grid, the result highlighted his ability to maintain a consistent pace throughout the weekend. However, he hasn’t been to Assen with the WorldSSP300 championship, so the weekend promises to be a big learning curve for him. Will he deliver once again?
Riders looking to make up on a poor opening round will be defending champion, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300), after she crashed out of Aragon, whilst Dorren Loureiro (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) will also want to get his first points scored of the year. Fellow championship contender Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) will be eager to make up for his crash in Spain, whilst 2017 champion Marc Garcia (DS Junior Team) will be hungry for a better result after finishing just 25th in the season opener.
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