Tuesday, April 30


The highest of highs and the lowest of lows, New Zealand’s Jake Lewis has experienced both in the space of two weeks.

The leader of the PATA European Junior Cup after the opening round in Aragon, Spain, Rangiora’s Lewis saw his challenge for glory come to an abrupt end on the opening lap of the second round in Assen in April after a lap one tumble saw him unable to add to his Aragon points tally.

The crash comes as a bitter disappointment for the likeable Kiwi who returns to the EJC after a season in Superstock 600cc.

Despite his non finish, Lewis remains second overall in the championship standings.

Meanwhile, it was local wildcard rider ‘bad’ Bo Bendsneijder who took a popular victory at Assen.
As in Aragon, the leading positions changed too quickly to keep track of, with Bendsneijder, who had started from Pole, fending off a number of attacks from Guillaume Raymond, Adrien Pittet, Michael Canducci and Kevin Manfredi who all took turns to lead on the final lap.

In the run to the flag it was Augusto Fernandez who proved the biggest challenger as both he and Bendsneijder appeared to cross the line side by side. The photo finish gave the victory to Bendsneijder, with Fernandez an impressive second.

Italian Canducci claimed his second podium placing in as many races with third while Peter Sebastyen, from Hungary, rode well to take fourth at the flag from Manfredi and pole sitter Raymond, from France.


Assen race result:
1. Bo Bendsneijder
2. Augusto Fernandez
3. Michael Canducci

Championship standings after two rounds:
1. Michael Canducci – 32 points
2. Jake Lewis – 25 points
3. Bo Bendsneijder – 25 points
4. Guillaume Raymond – 23 points
5. Peter Sebastyen – 21 points
6. Augusto Fernandez – 20 points