TITLE FIGHT INTENSIFIES WITH TWO NEW RACE WINNERS AS KENNEDY CRASHES AT ASSEN

Josh Brookes now leads the standings

Josh Brookes now leads the standings

Two intense races from the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag at Assen last weekend produced two new races winners as standings leader Jack Kennedy crashed out twice to have lead cut to four and a half points as Glen Richards closed in.

Visiting and home fans were given the best example of British Championship quality in the opening sprint race as seven riders fought for the historic maiden win. The race was the first British Championship race outside of the British Isles and the leading protagonists duelled in sensational style over the 2.8-mile circuit with the positions changing constantly.

Pole sitter Luke Mossey had taken the initial lead, holding off the chasing pack over the opening from Iddon and his Oxford TAG team-mate Richard Cooper. Iddon then edged ahead, but he came under pressure from championship leader Kennedy in the closing laps; he had carved his way up the order from 31st on the grid to claim second place following a hard-fought race. Title rival Glen Richards had to settle for sixth as Cooper on the second Oxford TAG Triumph maintained his podium position.

In the Feature race New Yorker PJ Jacobsen enjoyed a maiden victory ahead of Iddon and title challenger Richards after a 15 lap thriller, as series leader Kennedy crashed out of contention. Schouten made the early start but Kennedy was reeling him in rapidly took the lead, with Richards running in third ahead of Jacobsen but next time around, Richards was second. The fight was fierce at the front with Kennedy holding the advantage, just, but disaster struck for the Dubliner when he crashed out unhurt.

Richards had the lead, but not for long before Schouten was back in front with Iddon aboard the Oxford TAG Triumph third from Tyco Suzuki’s Jacobsen locked in a four rider thriller at the front of the pack. Richards was riding hard to regain the lead but at the same time had to protect his position to fight off the ever present challenge of Iddon but they were both upstaged by an audacious move by Jacobsen as he snatched second place.  Jacobsen took the lead next time around but in a now fierce five rider confrontation Iddon grabbed second on the penultimate lap and then made a determined last corner lap but the American held on to take his maiden victory. Iddon was a close second with Richards grabbing the final podium spot.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag, Assen, Sprint result:
1. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph)
2. Jack Kennedy (Martrain Yamaha) +0.106s
3. Richard Cooper (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.843s
4. Luke Mossey (Smiths (Gloucester) Racing Triumph) +0.874s
5. Raymond Schouten (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +0.926s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag – Feature race result:
1.  PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki)
2. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.110s
3. Glen Richards (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) +0.152s
4. Raymond Schouten (Seton Tuning Yamaha) +0.500s
5. Richard Cooper (Oxford TAG Triumph) +0.706s

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship protected by Datatag standings:
1.  Jack Kennedy (MarTrain Yamaha) 330.5
2. Glen Richards (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) 326
3. Billy McConnell (Smiths Gloucester Triumph) 271
4. Christian Iddon (Oxford TAG Triumph) 231.5
5. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) 203

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