The motorcycles derived from the series arrive at one of the most emblematic enclaves of world motorcycling. The Dutch circuit of Assen, with all its history behind it, it is one of the best imaginable places for what in my opinion are the most entertaining and open races that we can enjoy thanks to the Superbike World Championship.
With a Chaz Davies on the boil after scoring a fantastic double at the Motorland Aragón event two weekends ago and second in the general classification, he will have to do his best this time to keep up and defend himself against the horde of Italian machines and some green Japanese. It will be difficult with Aprilia at the top of the standings of builders and with Sylvain Guintoli leader of the general classification.
The leader of the championship, Sylvain Guintoli, will arrive in the land of tulips wanting to vendetta after two second places in Aragon. Forty points is no small feat when it comes to qualifying for a world championship, but surely he thought more than once that if he could, he would have taken the glove on a certain German motorcycle. If the Italian wants to achieve the laurels of victory at the end of the season with his official Aprilia, he will have to run with his head and not just with the fierceness of yesteryear.
By the way, if we look back to last year it is worth remembering that in Assen Guintoli won one of the rounds. Specifically, a heat interrupted by a red flag due to the presence of rain, which when he resumed it was he who took the greatest risks without going to the ground to take the victory.
As I said at the beginning, Chaz davies comes with morale through the roof After imposing the law of his very powerful BMW in Teruel, surely he is confident that this season he will be better than in 2012, when he was not able to finish either of the two rounds and scoring a majestic zero in his locker. The 25-year-old Briton and 2011 World Supersport Champion is extremely talented and is rapidly making his way among the greats, so his hunger for victory has only just begun.
For Eugene laverty Assen is also a place that he fondly remembers for being the first circuit where he got on the podium with Aprilia last year. It must be taken into account as a clear contender for each and every one of the victories this season, has the RSV4 already at hand and as soon as someone is careless they will steal your wallet. They separate him 40 points from his teammate in the general classification, but this has only just begun and there are still many points at stake.
From third place on the table backwards you have to be careful, because Marco Melandri is only 2 points separated from Laverty, and Michel Fabrizio is one behind Marco.
As to Carlos ChecaWell, he's still licking his wounds and after closing a seventh place in the first heat at Motorland and an eighth in the second, he is sure he wants to reappear again at the top positions and give wax to so many youngsters.
Otherwise, Assen always brings us surprises and entertaining races, so you have to be attentive because this championship is worth seeing. Especially with the level of the commentators.