The Netherlands-based Pata Honda team secured its second podium of the FIM Supersport World Championship season thanks to the race-long efforts of Kyle Smith at the team’s home round in Assen.
The leader for the first two laps, Smith’s attempts to run away at the front were not to last but he battled back from fourth place in the middle of the 18-lap race to take his second podium finish of the year, and his second third place score in succession.
Kenan Sofuoglu won the race today, from Jules Cluzel, with Smith only 0.029 seconds from taking what would have been a career best second place finish.
Smith’s strong Assen push had a beneficial effect on his overall ranking after four rounds, as he is now technically fourth in the championship – although on the same 45 points level as the third placed rider Cluzel.
Roberto Rolfo (Team Lorini Honda) had a positive fifth place finish today after he and his team found increased rear traction and control over full race distance at Assen. His 11 points take him to eighth in the championship.
After struggling with suspension set-up for a time in practice Riccardo Russo (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) scored a top ten finish on race day, his best result of the season so far. He was chased to the finish line all the way by his team-mate Martin Cardenas (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), who was just over a tenth of a second behind.
Opening round podium finisher Gino Rea (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) suffered niggling issues in the Assen race and had to settle for 14th place and two more championship points.
It was a tough weekend for Buriram WSS race winner Ratthapark Wilairot (Core” Motorsport Thailand) who fell in practice and then qualifying. He had a clutch operation issue in the race and had to enter the pits for repairs. He returned to the action at strong pace but was classified 19th, having lost two laps in the pits.
Kevin Wahr (SMS Racing Honda) was a faller after a collision with another rider.
The fifth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship takes place at Imola in Italy, between the 8th and 10th of May.