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25th September 2012 

Doodson Motorsport Break into the Top Ten with Harms at Assen

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Doodson Motorsport Break into  the Top Ten with Harms at Assen

Doodson Motorsport rider Robbin Harms impressed when he broke into the top ten not once but twice at the latest round of the British Superbike Championships.

Making a landmark first voyage across the North Sea, the tenth round of the British Superbike Championship was staged at Assen in Holland. Known as the “Cathedral of Speed”, the legendary Dutch track is widely revered for its fast flowing nature which has a habit of producing spectacular racing.

Off the back of a positive weekend at Donington, combined with Harms experience of Assen, there was an upbeat mood in the Doodson camp.

Progress for both Robbin and teammate Tom Tunstall was made throughout the practice session and into qualifying as the Doodson Honda Fireblades were honed to suit the flat high-speed track, Harms taking 15th on the grid after holding his nerve as a brief rain shower interrupted the 10 minute Q2 session.

Tunstall was placed 28th for race one after missing most of the morning session and then having to use a different spec spare engine following a gearbox issue. The Yorkshireman regrouped during  Sunday morning’s warm up, taking another 0.7 off his time.

In the first of the two 18 lap outings, Harms struggled to launch off the line and the Dane ended lap one in 14th  place.

A consistent and strong pace meant Harms worked his way up the field and took 10th place with two laps to go. As his charge continued he was denied 9th place by just over a tenth of a second from Stuart Easton.

Tunstall’s form was also improving well, a good start and race pace saw him pass and holding off Scott Smart and Luke Quigley until another gearbox issue brought an early finish and frustration. It also meant he was unable to take part in race two.

For Harms the race one performance had earned him a 12th place, third row grid slot for race two. Not wasting the opportunity a great start saw him in 10th taking 9th from Swiss rider Patrick Muff on lap two and 8th from Stuart Easton over the following 2.88mile lap.

With title fighters Tommy Hill and Tommy Bridewell less than a second ahead the Dane did all he could to join the leading group.
His impressive tempo was enough to hold the gap but he wasn’t able to join the elite and experienced riders just ahead.

The effort took its toll and as the tyres wore , James Westmoreland found his way past Harms with only a few laps remaining.  Harms crossed  the line in a hard fought and well deserved 9th place.

Suitably pleased with his efforts Harms explained:

“This weekend has been really good in many ways. We made a new setup which made the bike feel more like mine. We qualified to Superpole 2 and finished 15th fastest which meant 4th row on the starting grid. In race 1 I found a good pace and made my way through finishing 10th. In race 2 I had a good start and felt really strong. Pushing hard to keep contact with the leading group which made my race pace really fast. I lost the contact midway through the race but kept pushing hard to eventually finishing 9th. Two top ten results is awesome and I like to thank the team for their good work”.

Teammate and team owner added:

“On track my weekend was very positive and despite some technical issues continued to improve both my riding and the set-up of the bike which in turn means more confidence. The Assen track is fantastic and great to ride.
Robbin’s progress cannot be underestimated, he’s still fresh to Superbikes and to run with, and beat such established teams and riders really bodes well not only for his ability but also the team’s potential for results. It’s fair to say the team are really looking forward to the next round at Silverstone.”

Utilising the “Arena GP” layout the next round at Silverstone takes place this coming weekend September 28th- 30th.

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com 

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com

Photo courtesy of LondonBikers.com