Dosoli Debrief: Loads of Podiums in Assen, However Work Nonetheless to be Executed
The third spherical of the FIM Superbike World Championship was a profitable one for Yamaha throughout the board as podiums have been sealed in all lessons on the basic TT Circuit Assen, together with a incredible 4 Yamahas within the High 6 locations on Sunday in WorldSBK. Nonetheless, the squad are nonetheless on the hunt for enhancements to succeed in the highest step of the rostrum within the premier class.
After a five-week break within the championship, The Netherlands introduced its ever-passionate Dutch followers, and the well-known quick and flowing monitor added an additional air of pleasure for the 4 classes that Yamaha competes in. There was additionally a share of unpredictable climate situations added into the combination for the race weekend from April twenty first – twenty third, though the overwhelming majority of monitor motion was held within the dry.
Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Motor Europe Highway Racing Supervisor, commented:
“It was incredible to get again to racing after such an extended break, and nice to see the grandstands at Assen filled with so many extra passionate followers than final 12 months. It is usually the house race for Yamaha Motor Europe, which is predicated in The Netherlands, so we have been in a position to welcome a whole lot of our colleagues to the occasion and provides them a little bit of an perception into what we do. Assen was additionally the primary race of the season the place we’ve introduced the whole WorldSBK Paddock collectively as soon as once more, with each our WorldSSP300 and R3 bLU cRU European Championship riders getting their seasons underway. I wish to take this chance to want a speedy restoration to Michael van der Mark after his terrible crash on Sunday, he’s a much-loved former Yamaha rider and all of us want him the perfect.”
Triple Podium for Toprak
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu put collectively a constant race weekend which allowed him to take three podiums – two third place finishes in Race 1 and the SuperPole race, and a second place end in Race 2. He started his weekend by qualifying third on the grid, and he confirmed strong race tempo regardless of struggling to become familiar along with his R1 across the Dutch circuit which he’s but to win at.
A.D.: “Toprak took a short time to adapt again to his R1 following the MotoGP take a look at, however he had his traditional decided spirit and managed, alongside along with his engineers, to enhance the efficiency step-by-step. On Sunday we noticed him in ‘combat mode’ and these three constant finishes have been actually encouraging and useful for the championship standings.”
Loka Returns to the Podium
Andrea Locatelli secured his fourth podium of the season in Race 2 at Assen. The Italian has at all times loved the texture of the circuit, and this was evident in his ever-improved efficiency all through the weekend. After qualifying sixth on the grid, “Loka” fought his means as much as nice 4th place in Race 1. Within the SuperPole race he completed a strong fifth, and within the last combat of the weekend he gained a superb podium with third.
A.D.: “Loka has as soon as once more proved his pace and consistency, and final weekend’s outcomes have additionally boosted his place within the championship, the place he’s at the moment in third place. He’s formidable and aiming to get nearer to his team-mate within the coming races and we’ll, after all, assist him with this. Each Pata Yamaha Prometeon riders loved a constructive weekend, albeit one which was made somewhat irritating by the truth that, whereas we’ve definitely made inroads into his benefit, we had no reply for Alvaro Bautista in Assen. He rode a fault free weekend, and we will solely congratulate him on the clear sweep of victories, whereas persevering with to work on closing the hole.”
Aegerter & Gardner Present Their Colors
It was a powerful weekend from the GRT GYTR Yamaha WSBK Staff too, with Dominique Aegerter and Remy Gardner displaying nice tempo all through the occasion on a monitor they each know properly. Remy achieved eighth, twelfth, and sixth within the three races, whereas “Domi” managed sixth, seventh, and 4th. The 4th place in Race 2 additionally awarded him ‘High Impartial Rider’ standing.
A.D.: “Domi and Remy have been clearly feeling very snug round Assen, and it was nice to see them constructing their confidence over the course of the occasion. They’re rookies however they confirmed how rapidly they’re already adapting to their R1 bikes, with Domi reaching his finest end thus far with 4th. Remy misplaced out a bit on the begins, however he’s in any other case displaying nice development. We noticed enhancing performances from all our WorldSBK riders throughout the weekend, and this was confirmed with the nice end in Race 2 the place we had 4 riders within the High 6 – all inside 12 seconds from the winner. Congratulations to each groups, riders and the Yamaha engineers.”
Ray Makes His Debut, Baldassarri Continues Studying Curve
Yamaha Moto X Racing rider Bradley Ray lastly made his debut in Assen. The Brit will likely be competing in all European rounds of the WorldSBK championship this season. Within the shortened Superpole Race, Ray got here extraordinarily near a factors scoring place (simply two tenths of a second off) however a crash in Race 2 meant he was unable to construct on this consequence. GMT 94’s Lorenzo Baldassarri continued to construct and be taught as he participates in his first season in WorldSBK, managing a promising thirteenth place in Race 2.
A.D.: “Bradley has already proven a whole lot of promising potential, and he has an excellent work ethic. He was somewhat unfortunate with the crash within the second race, however within the tough Superpole Race he was in a position to combat with extra skilled opponents and to include his hole from the winner in 12 seconds. Lorenzo can also be enhancing session by session and gaining a whole lot of knowledge to assist him to progress additional.”
WorldSSP600 – Manzi Fights Onerous
Ten Kate Yamaha’s Stefano Manzi achieved one other podium within the WorldSSP 600 class on Sunday in Assen, after taking fifth on Saturday. The Italian confirmed his tenacious facet to battle it out into second place in Race 2. He now sits 37 factors from the championship lead. In the meantime, his team-mate Jorge Navarro bagged two High 10 finishes over the weekend regardless of nonetheless recovering from damage. Residence rider, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Staff) took his R6 to third place on Saturday. GMT94 Yamaha’s Valentin Debise additionally had a strong weekend with 4th place in Race 1, and sixth in Race 2.
A.D.: “Manzi continued his cost in WorldSSP and got here away from Assen with a fifth and a 2nd. Navarro additionally confirmed that he’s recovering from his accidents and regaining tempo. Debise had a constant weekend with two finishes within the prime six, and it was additionally good to see van Straalen on the rostrum. A few of our different Yamaha supported riders reminiscent of Andrea Mantovani, Nicolas Spinelli and Apiwath Wongthananon all scored factors too.”
WorldSSP 300 – Two Extra Yamaha Podiums
Former R3 bLU cRU rider, Humberto Maier scored a superb 2nd place in Race 2 on the Dutch circuit. The Brazilian did battle with fellow Yamaha rider and CIV graduate Matteo Vannucci for an exciting photograph end, demoting the decided Italian to 3rd. One other R3 bLU cRU rider, Enzo Valentim, impressed on his debut reaching twelfth in Race 1 and climbing to eighth in Race 2. And Mirko Gennai additionally regarded very snug on his first outing of the season, combating with the lead group.
A.D.: “We had two extraordinarily shut races with huge lead teams and simply fractions of seconds separating the rostrum positions, as is usually the case on this class. It’s nice to see that a few of our younger stars are already reaching podiums in solely their first race of the season. It proves, even at this early stage, how useful our R3 championship is in nurturing expertise and supporting them to the following stage. I’m positive we’ll see them on the rostrum once more quickly, as their tempo and race craft have been wonderful.”
R3 bLU cRU Championship – Thrilling Season Opener
The youngest riders on the Superbike grid obtained their season off to an intense and mesmerising begin because the intently matched riders swopped positions till the ultimate flag in each races. Race 1 noticed Italy’s Emiliano Ercolani come out on prime by simply 0.039 seconds, adopted by Spain’s Marc Vich, and Brazil’s Kevin Fontainha. Whereas Race 2 was an all-Brazilian affair with Gustavo Manso main dwelling Eduardo Burr and Fontainha.
A.D.: “The younger stars using within the R3 bLU cRU European Championship actually confirmed what they’re made from on this first spherical of the 12 months – we noticed some very spectacular using expertise and a few intense however clear battles. We’re pleased with how they’ve began this season. This collection is vitally vital for growing our subsequent era of riders, and we’re thrilled to see it changing into extra international with half the grid coming from outdoors of Europe this 12 months.”