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                              Deroue Second In Thrilling Home Race         

At a home race in Assen for all four riders involved in the Motoport and MTM Racing Team Kawasaki set up the experienced Scott Deroue (Kawasaki Motoport) timed a last-lap attack to near-perfection and took what was to be a second place finish. He was just 0.140 seconds from a famous hometown victory.

With Deroue on the podium for a second weekend in succession, his team-mate Robert Schotman (Kawasaki Motoport) finished less than one second behind. Such is the competition in this class, however, that Robert was 12th in the race classification in a competition where the top 19 riders finished within 2.305 seconds of each other after 12 intense laps.

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In another first Jeffrey Buis (MTM Racing Team Kawasaki) scored his debut WorldSSP300 points for 13th place but his team-mate Dion Otten was ruled out of the race after injuring his right hand in a crash during Superpole.
In qualifying Deroue had been sixth, Schotman 13th, while Buis had ended up 11th on the grid that featured 34 riders.
The weekend at Assen was held in generally bitterly cold conditions, making the track surface difficult to judge in the dry and so tricky when snow left a cold and wet track surface that the ‘Last Chance’ qualifying race on Saturday afternoon was cancelled.

Raceday remained dry and with the WorldSSP300 race the final world championship contest of the day, the track temperatures has risen to 16°C.

In the championship rankings Deroue is second with 36 points, Schotman is tenth with nine points, and Buis goes into the table in 16th place with his three points from Assen.

After a mix of experiences at their home round, the four Dutch riders will now head to Imola for the third round of the championship, at the undulating Imola Circuit in Italy. Raceday will be Sunday the 12th of May, and Dion hopes to be declared fit enough to race at the next round.

Scott Deroue, stated: “It is always special to be at home and take a podium in front of your friends, family and sponsors. Last year we were strong in Imola as well but in the last lap we crashed. In the other races we were strong so I think the rest of the season we can do the same, and that is my goal. Aragon and Assen are really slipstream races but in Imola and Donington, for example, it is more about pace and corners. There are not so many straights. So I am really looking forward to the other races to see how fast we are there.”



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