Freddy Pett finds some consolation during British Superbike Championship’s annual visit to Assen

Freddy Pett in action at Assen. Photo: BARRY CLAY

Freddy Pett in action at Assen. Photo: BARRY CLAY - Credit: Archant

The British Superbike Championship paid its annual visit to the Cathedral of Speed, the Circuit van Drenthe at Assen in Holland, and with local riders in just two classes it was down to the RAF Regular and Reserve Superbike team to produce some results.

But it was a weekend to forget for the RAF Marham team as Alastair Seeley could only qualify the BMW S100RR in 24th place – and then in race one he was outside the points in 21st place, with a DNF in race two. It has not been the best of seasons for Seeley and he will be hoping to finish with a decent result at the final round in just over a week's time, at Brands Hatch.

King's Lynn's Freddy Pett – who has made a late return to racing after sitting out most of this year to concentrate on his cycle racing – had a mixed weekend, but one that also saw him take a victory in one of his races.

Pett was not over-happy with his qualifying for the BSB Supersport class as his 675cc Triumph is giving away at least 10bhp to other bikes and he had to settle for 23rd on the grid.

But in the sprint race on Saturday he managed to finished 19th out of 44 and with his lap times moved up to 14th on the grid for the main race. Sunday's race was delayed and then declared a wet race but as the race progressed Pett ended up going backwards as he struggled with the wrong tyres in drying conditions and finished 22nd.

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However he also entered in the Dutch combined Supersport and Superbike round and after some superb qualifying that saw him on pole position for the race he went on to win the Supersport class and finish sebventh overall against Superbikes and Superstock 1000s, including BSB Superstock 1000 regulars Taylor Mackenzie, Ben Godfrey and Sam West – consolation for an otherwise disappointing weekend.

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