Troy Bayliss is on course to lift the 2002 World Superbike crown this weekend at Assen on Sunday and start a Ducati celebration to remember. Of course for most Brits the party will have started long before that…
The roads to Harwich, the most popular ferry route to Holland, were filled with bikes this morning. Jez Ward texted motoryclenews.com on: 07799-061896 said; " I’m just in the queue for the Holland ferry. Loads of bikes. It’s going to be massive! " Text us your messages from Assen and we’ll post them up over the weekend.
And it’s not too late to join Jez and the other estimated 25,000 British fans of WSB expected to make the pilgrimage to the famous circuit. Click on the link on the right for ferry contact numbers and prices.
Troy Bayliss is looking to repeat his success of last year, where a double win, backed up by strong support from his Infostrada Ducati teammate Ruben Xaus in two seconds, gave him the championship from Honda’s Colin Edwards.
This year Bayliss leads Edwards by 29 points with just four races to go – the two at Assen and two at the final round in Imola, Italy. Bayliss actually goes in to this Assen with a bigger margin over the Texan than last year, when Edwards trailed by 24 points.
For Bayliss to win outright at Assen he needs to take his point haul beyond 50 over Edwards. Or, a double win to an Edwards third and fifth would seal it (giving Bayliss a 50 point lead), as he’d have the greater number of wins throughout the season whatever happened at Imola.
We’ll bring you all the news and results from the Assen weekend as it happens.