It was a mixed day for Team Hero EBR at Assen today with Aaron finishing the two free practice sessions in 26th position, with Geoff just outside the 107% limit despite also improving significantly in the afternoon’s warmer session.
This morning was as ever an exploratory session for both guys with neither of them having ridden at the legendary Dutch track before and despite the overcast and cold conditions, both were able to provide feedback ahead of the next on track outing.
With temperature’s higher in the latter session, it was unsurprising to see almost everyone improve. Both riders improved and the whole team continues to work step by step to close the gap to the front.
As always the weather is unpredictable at Assen, and the team are keeping everything crossed for some further dry track times tomorrow.
Geoff May - “Assen is a physical circuit and I’m not able to wrestle the bike like I want to. We will make some adjustments overnight and I hope the weather is still dry tomorrow to give us a chance of making the races on Sunday. The team are, as always, working well so thanks to them for another good job today.”
Aaron Yates - “I had a pretty solid day. Like most tracks, it’s my first time here but I feel like I got the track down pretty quickly this morning. Overnight we need to study the data and I’ve got couple tenths at least still to find in a couple of sectors so we are optimistic of improving. It seems like I am saying the same thing but this is our reality. It’s disheartening to see our positions on paper considering the progress we are making but we doing an immense amount of work behind the scenes. The guys are awesome and giving 100% so a big thanks to them.”
Tomorrow sees a final free practice session at 0945 local time before the Tissot-Superpole qualifying sessions for those riders within the top 20 in the practice classification.