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Sorrymate BSB Report: Kurt Wigley at Assen

Kurt Wigley at Assen - credit 'RBPS Photography'

Sorrymate rider Kurt Wigley recovered from crashing out of the Sprint Race to register another top 10 finish in the Feature Race at Assen for round 11 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship.

The weekend drew parallels to last month’s event at Silverstone, when Kurt also returned with seven points following a DNF and a ninth-place.

The first practice session of the weekend proved to be a learning curve for Kurt as he had not seen the famous TT Assen circuit for six years, meaning he spent much of the session becoming accustomed to the braking points and racing line.

Despite being at a disadvantage to most of the other riders, who attended the circuit last year, Kurt made huge strides in FP2 after a change of gearing and amendments to the suspension setup.

The Sorrymate team again had the support of Mupo and received their help working with the bike in between sessions and in pit lane in a bid to find the best setup and overcome any problems with the suspension.

Kurt recorded major improvements to his personal best lap time by going over 2.5 seconds faster to lift him into 11th spot heading into qualifying.

Conditions turned damp on Saturday morning and Kurt once again thrived with the wet tyres as he climbed up the timing charts into second position until a dry line began to appear.

This led to Kurt falling down to 10th on the leaderboard, although he was set to improve on his fastest time after producing personal best first two sectors, but the session was then brought to an immediate halt when Kurt exited a fast left turn and hit the damp edge of the circuit, which launched him over the handle bars.

Fortunately, the Sorrymate rider was relatively unscathed after the incident, avoiding any major injuries. However, the bike suffered severe damage having rolled several times on the tarmac, smashing the rear wheel and ripping off the clocks.

The team worked flat out to ensure the bike was fixed for the afternoon race and they succeeded in getting it to the grid despite a short turnaround of just three hours.

They were helped by a delayed start due to a downpour, which played into Kurt’s hands as an emerging specialist in wet conditions.

And he quickly asserted himself in the race by soaring up into sixth position on the opening lap, but it was soon apparent that the earlier crash was taking its toll and Kurt was unable to make further progress before dropping a few places.

He did show great resilience to perform a couple of overtaking manoeuvres to shift up the pack once again, but disaster struck when Kurt pursued another overtake and was pushed off line for a hairpin, resulting in the rear breaking traction and ending the race for the Sorrymate team.

To the relief of the crew, no damage was caused by the accident and there was renewed determination the following day to make sure the team would not leave the Netherlands without some points despite starting 15th on the grid.

Kurt headed straight to the inside of the circuit into the first corner and pushed forward while riders around him bunched up, enabling him to burst through.

As the field began to spread out, Kurt led the middle group and pushed away to bridge the gap to those in front. A position penalty was enforced due to exceeding track limits, but Kurt managed to lift himself up into eighth, meaning he claimed another seven points for his tally with a ninth-place finish.

Kurt has now amassed an impressive tally of 78 points with one more race to go as the Dickies British Supersport Championship concludes at Brands Hatch next weekend.

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