Assen WorldSBK: ‘There’d have been broken bikes and bodies’ - Davies

Davies and Camier at Assen with WorldSBK media god Ben Cobb and Pata Yamaha boss Paul Denning
Davies and Camier at Assen with WorldSBK media god Ben Cobb and Pata Yamaha boss Paul Denning Picture: GeeBee Images

For those watching at home and especially for those sitting in the grandstands at Assen, the cancellation of race one on Saturday, and then a planned WorldSSP300 last chance race on Sunday, was a bad end to a promising day - despite the shockingly cold temperatures.

Nobody wanted a cancellation, but many felt it had to be so, including race direction. Aruba Ducati’s Chaz Davies voiced his opinion about why the race was first delayed and then had to be postponed, explaining the technicalities.

“It was quite obvious what was coming as you could see it on the weather radar and there was just a small window there,” said Davies, meaning a short gap between two heavy bouts of sleet and snow.

It was not the best, but for me you cannot race in this sort of temperature on a wet track. It is too sketchy.”

Davies understands the freakish nature of the weather this week was just pure bad luck. “We were just unlucky because it was 20 degrees last week, it should be 20 degrees next week, but at the minute it is five degrees and the track is three. Too dodgy.”

It was all to do with the track temperature being so low it would never allow the wet tyres to warm up to a proper operating temperature, and thus making crashes much more easy to happen.

“Not a chance,” is how Davies described the possibility of the wets being worked enough to get warm and stay warm on Saturday afternoon. “It would be broken bikes and broken bodies in turn 15 so it is really not worth it.”

Davies, who spoke about this before the organisers confirmed that there would be two full distance 21-lap races on Sunday, not three, said, “The weather is going to be OK, so you should pack in what you can tomorrow.

“I think every rider would be happy to get in a bit earlier, or not finishing the second race at two o’clock - do whatever you need to do but let’s have safe races tomorrow. Whatever we need to do.”

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