BRITS RULE SU­PERS­PORT SHOW­DOWN

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The even­tual six-lap wet-weather World Su­pers­port race at Assen saw two Bri­tish riders in the top two places. CIA Land­lord In­surance Honda rider Kyle Smith took his first race win of the year; his first since his de­but vic­tory at Qatar last year for Pata Honda, and the first for his Bri­tish team since 2012.

In sec­ond, Gino Rea (GRT MV Agusta) was just 0.831 sec­onds back. Both beat four-time WSS champ Ke­nan So­fuoglu to third place with last lap pushes.

Smith was un­sure of his prospects at the re-start, but knew the wet could work for him: “It might sound a bit cocky but in the garage when I knew it was a six-lap race in the wet, I did not know I could do it, but I thought I stood a good chance of win­ning be­cause my pace is al­ways good in the wet,” said Smith. “But when I set off I thought I was go­ing to have to set­tle for fourth, be­cause it was so slip­pery. As soon as I got a bit of heat into the tyre I just gained on them and I came away with the win.”

Even if the first at­tempted start had re­mained dry there would have been a Bri­tish rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the podium, as re­cent CIA Land­lord In­surance rider Luke Sta­ple­ford, who split with Si­mon Buck­mas­ter’s out­fit at Aragon and re­formed his own Pro­file Tri­umph rac­ing team, was in a strong third place be­fore the rain can­celled the re­sult of the first race com­pletely. He was a rev­e­la­tion on his Bri­tish triple-cylin­der ma­chine all week­end hav­ing qual­i­fied sec­ond, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing 12th.

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