2013 Assen World SuperbikeWhen round three in 2013 World Superbike began this morning with the first free practice at the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands, the grid was met with wet track conditions.
The inclement weather created a slick track surface, causing problems for some riders. And one rider who had an issue at Assen Friday was Pata Honda World Superbike’s Leon Haslam.The Brit suffered a crash during the first free practice, and was taken to the local hospital. X-rays confirmed that Haslam had fractured the tibia and fibula in his lower left leg.Pata Honda Racing says the 29-year-old British rider is being transferred to hospital in Groningen where a specialist will operate later today to pin Leon’s leg.At the opening round in Phillip Island in February, Haslam had a 7-10 finish aboard his CBR1000RR. At Aragon two weeks ago, Haslam finished ninth in both races. Heading into this weekends round at Assen, Haslam was 10th in the championship standings with 29 points.Leading the the first free practice at Assen was Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes (ZX-10R Ninja).
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!