Assen BSB: Ducati Cup double for Guiver

Picture: Bonnie Lane

Ducati TriOptions Cup champion Rob Guiver further stamped his authority on the support class with a double victory at Assen this weekend.

Just three weeks on from winning the title at Silverstone, the Hyside Motorcycles/Ducati Romford rider made it look easy as he cruised to two wins around the TT Circuit.

But it was Zoek Racing Team’s Sean ​Neary who grabbed the early lead in race one. It didn’t take champion Guiver more than a couple of laps to hit the front, however, as he laid the hammer down, stretching a one-second advantage by the end of lap three as Neary and Levi Day battled for second.

And as the 2018 title holder pulled a few seconds over the pack, drama ensued at the final corner.

Neary ran too deep at the Geert Timmer Bocht chicane, within sight of the finish, blocking the path of Lewis Rollo before the Scotsman was taken out from behind by a downed Josh Wainwright.

While the three hit the gravel in succession, Boast Plumbing’s Day emerged unscathed to take second behind Guiver while Phil Atkinson avoided the carnage to steal third.

It was another lightning start for Guiver in race two and while he set about pulling a comfortable advantage from the off, South African Atkinson stretched a small gap ahead of the battle for third, which included his Higsparks Motorsport team-mate Rollo, Day and Wainwright.

But the fight for second bunched up again as the laps wound down, Day stuck a pass on Atkinson to bag second while the latter held off Rollo to take the final rostrum spot as Guiver took a convincing six-second victory.

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