Yamaha: Davies Takes Assen Supersport
2011 World Supersport
Yamaha ParkinGO Team rider Chaz Davies took his maiden victory in the World Supersport Championship today on the historic Dutch track in Assen.
The Brit didn’t hesitate to take the lead right off the grid and ride his Yamaha YZF-R6 to cross the checkered flag with over seven seconds ahead of his Supersport competitors.
Davies put in a spectacular performance, keeping the leading throughout the entire World Supersport race and providing the Yamaha ParkinGO WSS Team with their third consecutive race win of the 2011 season.
Yamaha teammate Luca Scassa had a less fortunate race day, crashing out mid race. The Italian rider got off to a less than perfect start from his pole position on the Supersport grid, falling back to fourth.
He immediately regained a steady race pace and on attempting to jump up to third he collided with Marino, sitting just ahead of him. As a minor compensation for the disappointing World Supersport race Sunday in Assen, Scassa claimed the fastest race lap with a lap time of 1’39.019, showing his true potential and that of his Yamaha YZF- R6 machine.
Plenty of drama was on display as the race was red flagged twice at Assen Supersport. On both occasions Scassa and Davies, had gotten perfect starts off the grid from pole and eighth position and were sitting comfortably in first and second places respectively before a series of riders crashed out, causing the Supersport race to be red flagged.
Scassa heads to his home round in Monza still leading the championship on 50 points. Davies is now just 5 points behind, sitting in third position with a total of 45 points, while Yamaha is comfortably leading the Manufacturers Championship by 14 points.
Chaz Davies (Yamaha ParkinGO Team – 1st, 1’39.007) says: “Finally! I think that sums up how long I have waited for today to come. It’s often a case of luck and I feel it has rarely been on my side in the last few years and so far this season.
“The bike is doing really well. After yesterday’s accident in qualifying, the team had to work really hard all night to rebuild the bike and I think I managed to repay them for it. I’m looking forward to Monza now that I am officially back in the hunt!”
Luca Scassa (Yamaha ParkinGO Team – DNF) says: “Today was very stressful due to the three race starts. Everything was under control in first two races, I was sitting nicely in the lead before we were red flagged.
“Unfortunately the third time around I didn’t get off to a very good start. I had difficulty overtaking and when Marino seemed to slow down, I just lost control of the bike. I’ve learnt a lesson and hopefully it won’t happen again. I have to be tougher from the start and get my head down and just go. I’ll make up for it in Monza!”
2011 World Supersport: Assen Results