As the World Super Sport Championship rolls into Northern Europe for the first time this season, the world famous Assen Circuit awaits for Kyle Ryde and Team Ranieri Med SC Racing.
The Cathedral Circuit
The current track was built in 1955 and is known as the TT Circuit Assen, it’s the home of the world famous Dutch TT race and popularly referred to as “The Cathedral” by fans of motorcycle racing. The Circuit boasts a 100,000 capacity that includes 60,000 seats! World Superbikes has been a regular event on the Assen calendar since it’s first appearance there in 1992.
It’s a technical circuit with tight bends and fast straights, making it popular with riders and spectators alike. There have been a lot of changes in the past few years at Assen, the track has been shortened to 2.83 miles and a reported 83 million euro investment has improved facilities at Assen for all visitors.
Anyone who’s followed Kyle for more than a couple of seasons will be familiar with the Assen Circuit. Kyle has raced at the Dutch Circuit plenty of times in the past, competing here in the last two campaigns at British Supersport level. On his last visit to the iconic circuit Kyle came a close second to eventual winner Luke Stapleford.
Stapleford will again be lining up against Kyle this weekend (on his old bike) after a premature split with his CIA landlord Insurance Team. There will also be new faces on the grid like the rider who replaces Stapleford, Christoffer Bergman and Ex-World Superbike rider Ayrton Badovini, the latter replacing Glenn Scott who suffered a double leg break whilst taking out Kyle in the pit lane at Aragon. Scott is talking of making a return in 4 weeks time at the Malaysian round, which sounds hopeful at best.
What to expect from the weekends weather
All the talk leading up to the race weekend is of the wet conditions that lie ahead in Holland, we’ve seen more than our fair share of changeable weather in the first few races of the season but more favourable conditions are forecast for Sundays race.
It’s looking as though both free practice sessions on Friday will be more or less certain of rain and all of Saturdays Supersport action is scheduled for the wettest part of the day with over a 40% chance of seeing some wet stuff. Sundays race sees a slightly brighter outlook with a 20% chance of rain during the race.
Wrap up warm if you are planning to make the journey over to Holland, temperatures will struggle into the lower teens during the day but with wind speeds of between 12 to 25mph across the weekend it’s going to feel chilly out in the open and something the riders will have to consider, especially on Saturday when the winds are forecast to be at their strongest.
Keep up with the action
Kyle first takes to the Assen track on Friday morning at 10:30 am for the first of the days free practice sessions. The second of these hour long practice sessions comes just after Lunch at 13:45, Unfortunately there’s no TV live coverage of Fridays action but you can keep up with progress by downloading the free WSBK app to see the live timing and interactive circuit map.
Saturday morning gets underway for Kyle at 08:15 am UK time with a 15 minute free practice session and just a couple of hours later we see the Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 races at 10:30 and 10:55 respectively. Hopefully Kyle can force his way into Superpole 1 in practice to give himself a better starting position for sundays race.
Sunday sees a quick 15 minute warm up at 8am UK time before the feature race of the Supersport weekend gets underway at 10:20am. Fingers crossed we’ll see some more Championship points by the time this weekend is over.
You can catch all of the action on Eurosport 2 with live programmes tarting at 09:15am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. With another 4, 90 minute highlights programmes on offer between Saturday and Sunday you have ample time to catch at least some of the televised action this weekend.
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