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Riders victorious in Dutch boat race

Riders victorious in Dutch boat race

Six World Championship riders beat a team of journalists in a boat race along the canals near the Assen circuit, in the official pre-event ahead of the TIM TT Assen.

Héctor Barberá, Shoya Tomizawa, Claudio Corti, Jasper Iwema, Sandro Cortese and Bradley Smith joined forces to defeat a team of journalists made up of representatives from Sport1, TVE and Dorna in a boat race along Assen canals in the official TIM TT Assen pre-event.

The six riders all admitted that they found the challenge a hard one as they attempted to coordinate their collective power, but once they managed to row in harmony they found a successful rhythm, one they will all be hoping to replicate in Saturday’s race.

MotoGP star Barberá, who scored his first World Championship podium at the track in 2003 in the 125cc class, is looking forward to tackling the newly modified Ruskenhoek turn as he goes for his second top-ten premier class finish. “I got my first podium on this track and I like it here,” said the Páginas Amarillas Aspar rider. “I think the modification to the corner will suit me and I hope to be back in the top ten again.”

Moto2 riders Tomizawa and Corsi both felt the strain of the oars, with the Technomag-CIP rider – who currently sits second in the Championship – stating: “It was a close race just like in Moto2! Assen is a fun circuit with technical and fast corners, and I want to find a good setting, because without that it will be very hard.”

Forward Racing’s Corti, who will be looking for a similar pace to the one that gave him pole position at Silverstone, added: “I’ve not felt pain like this, and it’s really hard on your muscles!”

“It was good to be at the front throughout the Silverstone weekend and now we have to work to repeat that, and we’ll go for it,” he continued. “I won here many times in superstock and this is a difficult track but we are ready. It will be close.”

125cc hopefuls Smith (Bancaja Aspar), Cortese (Avant Intact Mitsubishi Ajo) and home rider Iwema (CBC Corse) all played their part as well as the MotoGP riders pulled together, with all enjoying tea and cakes after their efforts with the delicacies specially decorated to mark the 80th edition of the race this weekend.

MotoGP, 2010, TIM TT ASSEN

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