Dutch double for champion Rob Guiver who ends the season on a high at Assen with a 10th win
Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing) continued his excellent form at Assen to mirror yesterday’s race at the Cathedral of Speed with another pole, new lap record and race win in the final Ducati TriOptions Cup race of the season.
With poor starts a thing of the past, Guiver made the most of his pole position to lead the pack into Haarbocht corner. By the time Guiver stared his 2nd lap he had already gained a 0.661s gap over the chasing pack. He was the only rider to go sub 1:42, consistently putting in fast lap times and setting a new lap record on Lap 3 with a time of 1:41.436s. The 2018 champion eventually took the chequered flag with a comfortable 6 second lead, to claim his 10th victory of the season.
In another re-run of Race 1, it was Levi Day and Phil Atkinson who claimed 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Atkinson’s Highsparks Motorsport teammate Lewis Rollo brought his Panigale 959 home in 4th to claim 2nd in the championship with Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team) finishing in 6th behind Josh Wainwright to claim 3rd in the championship.
2018 Ducati TriOptions Cup Champion Rob Guiver (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing #13) - 1st
"It’s just been absolutely awesome. We’ve had an incredible weekend, everything’s just gone absolutely perfect. Fastest in every session, two wins, two lap records, it’s just topped off one of the best years I’ve ever had. It’s been a very hard year mentally, always thinking about the championship because I’ve never done it before trying to clinch it. To win it at Silverstone and come here and win, it’s been fantastic.
Levi Day (Boast Plumbing #57) - 2nd
"I got a good start and Rob dragged me on for a little bit. I thought the pace was a lot quicker. Couple of little mistakes from me, probably being a bit too eager, so I dropped back behind Rollo, Atkinson and then Wainwright. But I thought I knew I had the pace to keep going through the field so I managed to pass them all back towards the end and held it off on the chicane on the final lap to bring home another 2nd place. It’s nice to finish the year off strong. That’s the way we sort of hoped the whole season had gone but that’s the way it goes with racing. So, we’ll come back again and try again next year."
Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport #2) - 3rd
"Much better this time. Obviously, first race I was gifted a podium but this one was down to myself. We had a few little changes to the bike that helped. I lost it to Levi at the end, but I’d rather get on the podium and bring it home in one piece. Well done to all the guys who got the 3 in the championship. Fair play to my teammate Lewis and hopefully we’ll be back next year."
Lewis Rollo (Highsparks Motorsport #88) - 2018 Ducati TriOptions Cup Championship 2nd
"It’s been a really good year. We were right on the pace at the start of the year with a pole position and a second in our first race. But a couple of DNFs I think kind of took me away from that. Fighting for the win coming into these last few rounds, but at the end of the day you make mistakes. And for my first year in to finish 2nd I think’s not too bad. We’ve put the battle in for the win at a few rounds and I’ve had some mega racing, some of the best racing I’ve had over my full career. So, it’s been a mega year. Thanks to Highsparks, Dennis, Shane, everybody and all the team who helps build bikes and Glen for building the engines and getting the package together. Just a huge thanks to them for everything they’ve done for me this year. Happy to finish 2nd today, would’ve liked the win but you can’t take anything away from Rob."
Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team #10) - 2018 Ducati TriOptions Cup Championship 3rd
"Really, really tough weekend. That last race then, it was strange, it was like a track day. I could see when Phil was 2nd I knew the points in my head that if I didn’t finish I’d lose 3rd in the championship. With a tough weekend I had to settle really for what I had. It’s been a really tough 2nd half to the year. It’s not really gone well. But to get 3rd in the championship, huge thank you to my Zoek Racing Team and everyone who’s stuck by me and believed in me because it’s still 3rd in a very competitive championship. So it’s not to be sniffed at and I’m really grateful to be given the opportunity so thank you."
2018 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup
Rob Guiver - 327
Lewis Rollo - 225
Sean Neary - 206
Phil Atkinson - 193
Levi Day - 187
Josh Wainwright - 174
Mark Cheetham - 131
Sam Middlemas - 111
Joe Morphett - 92
Taryn Skinner - 54
David Shoubridge - 53
Jon Waghorn - 52
Nicky Wilson - 51
Dijon Compton - 47
Sam Coventry - 42
Paul Slade - 42
Michael Tustin - 41
Daniel Shaw - 33
Craig Currie - 32
Jonathan Railton - 30
Dave Mackay - 25
Bruce Stafford - 20
Jordan Gill - 13
Michael Russell - 13
Dave Sellers - 12
Joe Connolly - 12
Danny Hill - 8
Ben Broadway - 5
Aaron Ridewood - 4
Matt Stevens - 2
Half Lo Turco - 2
Rod Lynn - 1
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