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#DutchWorldSBK: Assen Day 3 Words and Pictures

Assen WSBK_041716#2

P1 – Jonathan Rea – @jonathanrea
Kawasaki Racing Team – @KRT_WorldSBK

“I just took my time at the beginning and just tried to stay in the group. I didn’t want to go too far in the front as I wanted to judge when the others were going into the pit. Then I took the decision to go in early and it was the perfect choice. We were so calm on the grid, so calm when the rain came and even the team asked me when we were making the pit stop, if I preferred the intermediate or the dry. So I said let’s go with the slicks and they put the slicks on. I just took my time then at the beginning, probably a bit too much, and then in the end I had a lot of time to play with. I was so, so happy to win a double here for my team. This gives us good momentum now for the next few races.”

P2 – Tom Sykes – @TheRealTomSykes
Kawasaki Racing Team – @KRT_WorldSBK

“I think it was unbelievable pace we had, but it was a shame. We have a great wet system here in the Shark helmet and the initial plan was intermediate, then about two seconds late I decided on the slick. I just wasn’t able to get my Yorkshire tones through the Shark helmet to Marcel (Duinker). It’s a slight shame, second position is not too bad, but sure the slick tyre cost us the race win. We had fantastic pace, the bike was working really well, I just wasn’t able to get the power of the ZX-10R to the ground with the cut slicks. Considering yesterday though it was a big improvement and we certainly can build on this for the future now.”

P3 – Michael van der Mark – @mickeyvdmark
Honda World Superbike Team – @HondaWSBK

“It’s just what we needed after Race 1, when I wanted to win so badly and crashed out of second, but I watched that race back already and I think it was so entertaining! Today was difficult. On Friday I crashed twice in the wet and I was proper scared to go out there. Today was such a weird race. I woke up this morning and the sun was shining and then it rained during the Supersport race. The track was drying, I was trying to take the lead and get away, but on the rain tyre it wasn’t possible and I didn’t feel safe. We had to go to slick tyres, I waited one lap, I went out of pit lane and the bike didn’t work for a couple of laps as the tyres needed to warm up. For me it was an amazing race after the disappointment yesterday. I wanted to win so badly yesterday and today I have taken third place in front of this amazing place and it is like a win!”


Winner – Kyle Smith – @kylesmithracing
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda – @ptrhonda

“It was a bit of a tough one. I felt like I had the pace in the wet all weekend from Friday, but as soon as we started this race I thought I would have to settle for around fourth position because it was just so slippery. Gino (Rea) passed me and PJ (Jacobsen) passed me and I thought there is no way I can keep hold of these guys. Because the beginning of the season didn’t go too well I thought ‘I’ll just pick up some valuable points’. It seemed like I got some heat into the tyres for the last couple of laps and I started to feel really strong. I’ve managed to come up with the win and it’s good for the team seeing as the season has not gone so well. I’m happy to be up here.”


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