Wayne Tessels takes P6 and P4 in Assen
The TT Circuit Assen holds a special place in our hearts. Apart from the obvious reason it being our home race and all, the Cathedral of Speed as it's affectionally known always manages to provide just that little bit extra during a race weekend. It's safe to say that last weekend we weren't disappointed! Summer is rapidly coming to an end in Holland and Assen is always very prone to tricky weather conditions. During the free practice sessions, the IDM riders had to cope with changing weather conditions, resulting in a partly dry, partly damp and partly soaked 4.545m stretch of tarmac. Setting up the bike was hard and so was finding proper racing line avoiding damp patches but our rider Wayne Tessels managed to clinch P7 on the grid during qualifying.
As if free practice and qualifying weren't challenging enough, the weather gods decided to put in some extra effort for Race 1. One of the bikes leaked oil on the soaking wet track during the formation lap so the organization decided to postpone the race, waiting for the sun to come out again and the marshalls to clean up the oil. Over 2 hours later, the conditions were a bit better and the IDM Supersport 600 and Superstock 600 guys got ready for a 9-lap sprint race. Wayne struggled a bit to find his rhythm in the initial fase but came to his own in the second half of the race. Managing to overtake a rider in the final lap, Wayne crossed the line in 6th.
Sunday was a whole different ball game once again. The weather conditions were absolutely perfect this time but as Race 2 was the first real dry session of the weekend, the bike's setup was a bit of a gamble. Wayne had a blistering start from P7 and only a couple of corners later he found himself in third place already. Unfortunately the rear tire was struggling (most likely the setup gamble didn't play out too well) and Wayne had to drop back one position. The first three riders were in a bit of a league of their own and Wayne had to fight for P4 in a close group of 4. Changing positions several times, in the end he managed to stay in front of that group by taking defensive lines and working hard to keep his position and crossing the finish line only 0.001 seconds ahead of Vasco van der Valk in fifth. How's that for close racing!
Looking back at the difficult circumstances Wayne is modestly happy with his performances and is motivated to end the season on a high at the Hockenheimring 3 weeks from now!
Check out the pictures of Wayne in action at the IDM Assen blow. Photo credit: Damon Teerink