The ninth round of the WSB championship kicks off at Assen in the Netherlands this weekend with series leader Troy Bayliss for Ducati and rival Noriyuki Haga in second place battling it out.
According to Haga, major track changes shouldn’t pose a problem. The circuit was shortened from 6 km to 4.55 km to give spectators a better view and to make room for a new car park. But the changes have also resulted in a series of slow corners.
“Assen has always been one of my favourite circuits and I have had some good results there before. I know that they have changed the track quite a bit, but it does not bother me at all. The track is the same for all the riders and we must just go out and ride it,” said Haga.
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James Toseland for the Ten Kate Honda team is third in the series and fellow British rider Chris Walker for Kawasaki is ninth.
Others to watch out for include former MotoGP winner Alex Barros in fifth place and the Australian Andrew Pitt in sixth.
Team Alstare Suzuki’s Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama are determined to secure podium places this round with their GSX-R100s, while Chris Jones and Steve Martin of Foggy Petronas Racing will be looking to make up for their unlucky Brands Hatch performances.