Round 11 of the championship is the 2nd round of the showdown and also the penultimate round of the year for BSB, This weekend the racing will be talking place around the Assen circuit or the Cathedral of speed. The BSB championship first came to the Dutch circuit in 2012 and it has become a fixture of the championship ever since Assen is the only circuit in main land europe that has ever hosted a round of the British Superbike championship.
Assen’s characteristics are that of a high pace flowing circuit that most riders seem to love the design has been changed since the circuit was first opened this shortened it and in most older racers opinions taken away some of the character and fun from the circuit. On most side of the circuit it is surrounded by huge grandstands that on a race day can be filled by by around 100,000 race fans which gives the place an amazing atmosphere and warrants the nickname the Cathedral of Speed.
Safety Car Lap with Chrisitan Iddon (2014)
After the first round of the showdown the ball is firmly in the court of Shane Byrne the 4 time champion put a real stamp of authority on the title hunt with two commanding wins he closest rival Leon Haslam managed to limit the point damage by finishing the first race in second place but while trying to push on in race two he crashed out of the race handing Byrne a big gap at the top of the championship. Jason O’Halloran as he had most of the season was the best of the rest behind Byrne and Haslam in race one but was unfortunately taken out by Peter Hickman in race two none of the other top 6 riders did much to make a move or improve their title chances as the first round seemed to show us it was a real two horse battle for the title this year.
Josh Brookes on his way to the title last year dominated this round beating James Ellison and Michael Laverty in race one and again beating Ellison and Mossey in race two his race one advantage was over 6secs the gap in race two was much closer with only a 0.650sec gap.
TYCO BMW announced that they current Superstock rider and International road racing star Ian Hutchinson would be riding for them in the Superbike class at Assen.
Former World Superstock champion Alex Polita will turn out for the Moto Rapido Ducati team replacing the departing Stuart Easton.
Saturday: 13:00pm Eurosport 2 British Supersport Race 1 and British Superbike Qualifying
Sunday: 11:00am Eurosport 2 Full race day