Wednesday, April 25, 2007

WSS: Pitt and Martin to Race at Assen

Unlucky Aussies Andrew Pitt and Steve Martin, both unceremoniously dumped by their teams through no fault of their own this year, have snagged decent rides in the upcoming World Supersport race at Assen.
Pitt, who was let down by the Ilmor team when they pulled their atrocious bikes out of MotoGP, will race again for Ten Kate Honda in the 600cc class. Ten Kate were delighted with Pitt's performance at Valencia, where he showed he was no drongo by snatching 2nd place on the podium when standing in for the crocked Frenchman Sebastian Charpentier. Although Charpentier is now fit enough to ride, the Dutch-based Ten Kate team have decided to run a third bike for Pitt in their home race at Assen as a mark of gratitude.
Steve Martin, who has stumbled through the first few races of the WSBK season for DFX Honda, has finally parted company with the team after the last drop of sponsorship ran out (and there was nothing left to fall off the bike, presumably). He has now snagged a decent WSS bike from Yamaha for the Assen race. The team must like blokes from down under, as Martin is replacing the injured Aussie Kevin Curtain, and will race alongside yet another Aussie, Broc Parkes.
It's great to hear that decent riders can bag at least a race or two mid-season to keep their reflexes sharp. Of course, it's bad that the opportunities only come due to other riders being injured, but such is life.

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