Thrilled Gonzalez reflects on "difficult" Assen triumph!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:04 GMT

The Spanish rider continued his perfect start to the season in WorldSSP300 with another victory!

Having taken his first win at MotorLand Aragon, Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) took another last lap victory at the TT Circuit Assen to cap-off a perfect opening two rounds to his WorldSSP300 campaign.

The Spanish rider had never won a race before 2019 but finds himself sitting pretty at the top of the championship table, some 14 points ahead of Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) and a huge 42 points clear of reigning champion, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300). He is the fourth rider to achieve back-to-back victories in the class and the first since Scott Deroue in 2017 to win the opening two races of the season.

Speaking after the race, Gonzalez stated: “Yes, another victory, but this one is very difficult! At Aragon we had the last corner, again at Assen we have the last corner! We did a really good job in all of the training, practices and qualifying and, the bike was very good too. It was difficult for me to try and overtake in the corners but in the straight, I could manage to overtake. Thank you to the team for the work they have done!”

Leading the championship into Imola means that Gonzalez is in a prime position for success at the undulating, physically challenging Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola circuit.

Looking ahead to the round, Gonzalez stated: “I like Imola so much! Last year, I was very fast when I was in third position, but then I crashed. I think at Imola, I can be on the podium again because I like it so much, but it is also the home race for the team, so I hope we can give them some celebrations!”

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