The opening Showdown round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Assen proved an electric weekend, with Superbike rookie Luke Mossey making a well-earned return to the podium, seeing him named the ‘R&G Rookie of the Meeting’ by James Whitham. In the overall standings, a win and a second place has seen Motostar rookie Scott Deroue take the lead.

The double Assen podium from Redline KTM star Scott Deroue saw him take the ‘R&G Rookies’ Trophy’ lead with just two rounds remaining. Close behind the young star however is Supersport EVO Champion Joe Collier and rookie sensation Kyle Ryde. The three, along with every Rookie across the MCE British Superbike paddock, are competing for a place at all four levels of the prestigious California Superbike School at Silverstone.

After his debut podium at Thruxton, Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey has continued to impress on his debut season in the Superbike class. This weekend at Assen the young rider showed just why he is a star of the future by securing his second podium of the season in the changing conditions of race two; beating four of the six Showdown competitors on his way.

It was a strong start to the weekend for Luke, finishing the three free practice sessions with the second fastest time overall. With times tumbling during the three-stage qualifying session, he was able to continuously lower his best time, eventually securing seventh place on the grid for Sunday’s opening race.

In the first BSB race, a technical issue prevented Mossey from challenging for a top position but it was in the second outing where the young star shone. With rain falling on the starting grid, it was a gamble for tyre options but Luke chose Pirelli slick tyres along with the majority of the top riders. With conditions treacherous for the opening laps, he entered a gaggle of riders battling for the podium. Fighting his way through from as low as ninth on the opening lap, Luke held off the advances of reigning BSB Champion Shane Byrne and BMW rider Richard Cooper to take his second podium of the season in third.

Danny Buchan receive his prize

Assen also saw the Oulton Park ‘Rookie of the Meeting’ Danny Buchan receive his prize of a pair of R&G Aero Knee Sliders on the grid, ahead of the opening MCE British Superbike race.

Speaking on his selection, James Whitham said “Assen proved a difficult race day with the weather, particularly in that second Superbike race. However Luke defied his rookie status to make some really impressive moves throughout the race, passing riders with a lot more experience than him. To take two podiums in a rookie season is very impressive and I’m sure Luke will be on a lot of teams’ radars for next season.

In the overall standings, Deroue has moved back into the lead but Joe Collier isn’t far behind and given that he’s just won the Supersport EVO title he’ll no doubt be going all out to win his final races so it’s all to play for still.”

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