Pata Honda`s Smith seeks repeat performance at Assen

Kyle Smith is looking for back-to-back podium performances in this weekend`s fourth-round World Supersport championship race at Assen in the Netherlands.

The 23-year-old Pata Honda rider took his debut World Supersport podium on his Honda CBR600RR in last weekend`s third-round clash at Motorland Aragon in Spain and currently sits in sixth position in the overall points standings.

The British rider, who is based near Valencia in Spain, has not enjoyed spectacular success at Assen in his two previous visits but the team`s Honda CBR600RR took victory last season in the hands of 2014 world champion Michael van der Mark.

Smith also knows that there will be huge support from a large local crowd for his Dutch Pata Honda team, which is based just 70km south of the 4.542km Assen circuit.

Kyle Smith
I`m hoping for more of the same this weekend, or maybe even a little bit better because we struggled a bit with bike set-up in Spain. I managed to get the result there because of my consistent lap times but it was actually a bit more difficult to find the right setting at Aragon than it was in the first two rounds. Hopefully, here at Assen, we can find a good setting a bit more quickly and get into a bit more of a battle at the front. To get on the box again would be really good. I`ve raced at Assen twice and unfortunately crashed twice – but last season I crashed out of second place so I know I can be up there fighting!

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator
We always look forward to our home round and to come here to Assen having got that first podium with Kyle in Aragon makes this weekend even more special. That result was certainly needed because he had even better pace in the earlier round in Thailand but unfortunately had a small crash in the race there. So, now we`ve got the podium monkey off our back, the aim is to run for those spots in every race. With all the history we have here, combined with the data from many races and the fact that Kyle is getting more comfortable on the bike, that should certainly be possible this weekend.



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