The first race after the summer break will see retired racers returning to the MotoGP grid. After Dani Pedrosa was confirmed as a wildcard at the Styria GP at Spielberg, Cal Crutchlow has now officially been confirmed as replacing Franco Morbidelli at both races in Austria and at his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. Today, the Petronas Yamaha SRT team issued a press release announcing Crutchlow for the next three races. Morbidelli is absent after having surgery on his left knee to fix an issue with his ACL.
In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, David Emmett joins Steve English at the Assen round of WorldSBK, to talk about the state of the championship. We discuss the rules, whether Jonathan Rea is still unbeatable, whether Pirelli should drop the qualifying tire, and just how competitive the field is. We also take a peek at the Petronas situation, and try to work out who might get a chance at the seat.
We also sit down with Pata Yamaha team boss Paul Denning. Denning talks about the success of Toprak Razgatlioglu, how the Yamaha YZF R1 has changed to make it more competitive, and the state of the rules and regulations in WorldSBK.
WorldSSP300 standings after the second race at Assen:
World Superbike standings after race 2 at Assen:
World Supersport standings after race 2 at Assen:
With grey clouds over Assen, the track temperatures were much cooler. Jonathan Rea selected a harder tyre than he used in the other races this weekend, and there was a mild threat of rain.
As the rain stayed away, World Superport lined up for eighteen laps. Could Aegerter make it five in a row?
World Superbike standings after the sprint race at Assen:
The ten lap Superpole race would be missing Jonas Folger and Lucas Mahias, Mahias breaking a scaphoid and Folger suffering a concussion in yesterday's race. Rain fell overnight, but the track dried out over the morning.
World Supersport standings after the first race in Assen:
World Superbike standings after Race 1 on Saturday:
WorldSSP300 Standings after the first at Assen:
The opening eighteen lap World Supersport race would be missing Hannes Soomer as he was ruled untit after getting a concussion in the Superpole session.
As the riders lined up for the 21 lap race, Jonathan Rea was the only rider with the super-soft SCX tyre on the back of his bike, with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding opting to use the standard SC0 Pirelli. Rea also lined up with the development front tyre. The track was 37ºC, a little warmer than the tyres like.
World Superbike Superpole qualifying took place under a 21ºC sunny sky and a track temperature of 31ºC. Scott Redding was quickest in this morning's FP3, but the biggest news is the absence of a BMW team, with Eugene Laverty's team undergoing "internal restructuring" causing their absence.