Round Four Race – Assen, Netherlands 17-19th April 2015
Conditions: Dry, cool
CANEPA AND TEAM HERO EBR IN THE POINTS AGAIN
Niccolò Canepa rode his Hero EBR 1190 RX machine into the points scoring positions in the first 21-lap FIM Superbike World Championship race at Assen today, with the Italian rider having now scored in successive rounds.
Larry Pegram, the rider/team manager of the Hero EBR squad had two technical issues on race day at Assen but like Canepa he is already on the scoreboard and is looking to the next round in Italy to grow his points tally.
In cool conditions the team made the most of the available track time in practice to find a race set up and Canepa was able to make improvements based on his race one experiences, until a small issue brought him into the pits near the end of the race.
The championship’s next round will be held at Imola, Canepa’s favourite circuit and a home round, in Italy on Sunday 10th May. He will be going all out to make a top ten finish there in front of his home fans.
“I broke a drive chain in the first race because I missed a gear shift. When it popped into gear it broke. Then in the second race; we are not sure what happened, but I think I had a clutch issue. Nick got points, and that is what we came here to do. We are starting to get points every weekend now and we are improving but we just had some bad luck at Assen. Now we look forward to a strong weekend in Imola.”
“I scored a point in race one which was good. I was actually doing a better race in race two and although I did not score, my lap times was faster by half a second, at least. I was feeling good but then I broke my pipe so I had to come in with one lap to go. I am happy because we made a good set-up improvement here and I cannot wait for Imola, honestly, as I like to rider there so much.”