The Team Appleyard Macadam Yamaha squad today managed to secure their third consecutive Dickies British Supersport Championship title, after some epic battles at the iconic Dutch circuit of Assen.

The Team Appleyard Macadam Yamaha squad today managed to secure their third consecutive Dickies British Supersport Championship title, after some epic battles at the iconic Dutch circuit of Assen.

The Colin Appleyard teamsters; Jack Kennedy and Brad Jones, can still knock points off each other to fight for the series crown but their winning consistency has moved the title from the grasp of season-long rival Alastair Seeley, a previous Supersport champion himself.

One of the most interesting, and at times nail-biting, points of the weekend was the match-up between the Appleyard prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 machines versus the GP2 Kalex of Kyle Ryde (which also runs on slick tyres) at this GP style circuit. This battle, with the addition of several fast wild cards, continued all weekend, resulting in some of the best racing of the season.

Jack had looked good through the free practice sessions despite battling a sickness bug which really laid him low on Friday. He dutifully topped qualifying at this high-lean inducing circuit, securing the top spot by 0.255s. Earlier Brad had headed the timing sheets but he ended up third behind his teammate and Kyle Ryde.

Saturday’s shorter Dickies British Supersport Sprint race witnessed the first of two all-engrossing encounters with six rider battles. Ryde took the holeshot before Brad made a superb move to lead the field, looking to back up his win at Oulton last time out. It was not to be though, as just a few corners later he lost the front and sent up clouds of dust!

At the half race stage, Kennedy made his move into the lead with Ryde staying in close contention with just 0.1 seconds between them every lap as they swapped positions. Jack made a big move into the renowned Geert Timmer final chicane, ran a little wide and the fast cornering GP2 machine of Ryde held on to take the flag.

JK wins Sprint race 1
Cloase battle

Sunday’s Feature race was very similar, with maybe even more spectacular overtakes and slipstreaming. After battling with different riders early in the race it again became a high speed test of nerve between Jack and Kyle and again came down to the final chicane. This time Jack managed to take a slightly different line and held on for a popular sixteenth win of the season. Brad had a testing race after being bunched out at the start and ended up fifth, which translated to third for another podium in the main Supersport class.

In term of the series standings, Jack can now tie up his second consecutive title if he wins the opening race at Donington Park.

"“I was hoping to put on a show to remind people how good Supersport battles can be, me and Kyle certainly gave them that over the last two days. It was great to do that in front of such a big crowd and on this cracking track. After he got me yesterday I knew Kyle would be really hard to beat and thought it would come down to the last few laps.

It was hard to know whether I wanted to lead or follow to be honest but in the end it all came down to the final chicane again. I put in a big lunge, managed to get it stopped and nearly went down to be honest, before managing to hold on to the line! I felt so sick at the start of the weekend I’m really happy to log some more good points, and we’ll be looking to get the win at the first race at Donington and wrap up the series!""

Jack Kennedy

""Obviously yesterday was a disaster but today I felt good in the early stages before the tyre went off a little and I have to be honest I had a bit of arm pump. I needed new leathers after yesterday’s crash and maybe they were a bit tight and needed bedding in. Big thanks to the team for getting the bike sorted after the off. We just keep racking up the points as you never know what might happen and I’m looking forward to Donington in a couple of weeks!""

Brad Jones

"“What an exciting weekend of Supersport racing and we now have a third title, we just need to see which of the lads gets to wear the crown! Its been fascinating watching Jack and Kyle race each other this weekend and fair play to both of our riders putting it all on the line throughout. This place always produces cracking racing and again it didn’t disappoint, I can’t wait to watch it back on the TV when we get back to England.”"

Robin Appleyard