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Iwema impresses as returning cameo

Dutch rider Jasper Iwema took a break from his current job repairing bicycles to race to a respectable 12th place finish as a wildcard at the Iveco Daily TT Assen.

The 24 year-old former full time Grand Prix rider returned to the World Championship for his home race, qualifying 17th and finishing in the points, riding an FTR KTM for the KRP Abbink Racing team.

Explaining his simple approach to the weekend, he stated, “It was one shot one kill, as I needed to show that I’m still competitive. Becoming the best Dutch rider and finishing in the points in 12th is a good result. It could have been a better race, but we showed a strong weekend and hopefully we will get more chances this year to show that and come back next year as a strong permanent Grand Prix rider. For the moment nothing is agreed but we have requested wildcards for Brno and Silverstone this season too.”

Regarding his technical package and the team structure he represented in the Assen race, Iwema added, “The bike felt great, I would love to spend more time on it to be even better with it, but the base already feels really competitive. Working with the KRP team feels great to. They are nice people and they work well. They belong in the Grand Prix world as well.”

Iwema also revealed that he is now employed full-time away from racing and has to fit in his physical preparations around a day job.

“I train every day, every morning, in the afternoon I work six hours and in the evening I am training again. That is six days a week with one day off. I always used to work at Abbink in the metal workshop but now I work in a bicycle shop. I work on the bikes in the garage and in the shop selling them.”

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Moto3, 2014

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