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Sun, 01 Oct 2017
Joe Collier claimed a dominant 12th win during the final race of the 2017 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup at Assen today.
Starting from 8th on the grid, the Boast Plumbing rider was soon in action at the front of the race, passing Highsparks Motorsport’s Mark Cheetham and Phil Atkinson to take 2nd place behind race leader Josh Wainwright (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing).
Meanwhile there was drama on the opening lap as Sean Neary (Zoek Racing Team), who was battling for 2nd in the championship, crashed out of a front-running position ending his season prematurely.
On the 2nd lap Collier took the lead from Wainright. Levi Day (Boast Plumbing) was then on a charge moving up to 2nd and posting the fastest lap of the race on Lap 4 with 1:42.640. He kept Collier honest for several laps but ultimately Collier was able to bridge a gap and went on take another dominant win, his 12th of the season.
Day crossed the chequered flag in 2nd, while Wainwright just got the better of Atkinson, to finish 0.045s ahead of the South African to claim the final podium spot.
Taryn Skinner (Highsparks Motorsport) put yesterday’s DNF behind him to finish 9th as the top 899 rider, both in the race and the championship.
Joe Collier’s win increased his 2017 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup championship points-winning tally. Phil Atkinson’s 4th place secured him 2nd place in the championship with Levi Day finishing 3rd in the one-make Ducati championship.
Joe Collier (Boast Plumbing #4) – 1st (2017 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup champion)
“Glad to finish it with a win. That’s exactly how you want to finish the year. The whole year’s just been fantastic. The team’s been really, really good. Just couldn’t have wished for a better year really.”
Levi Day (Boast Plumbing #57) – 2nd (2017 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup 3rd)
“I really would have liked to have had that race win this season, I think we were close but after Neary had that unfortunate crash on the first lap I just wanted to bring it home and do the best I could. I could just about stay on the back of Joe (Collier) but I made a few mistakes and then I just tried to keep my cool and bring home second. We had some decent podiums and we will be back for some more next year.”
Josh Wainwright (Ducati Romford / Hyside Racing #26) – 3rd
“Shame we had a crash yesterday in the race because that would’ve given me a bit more confidence to go from the start. And the start I got yesterday dropped me from pole to all the way out of the top 10 so I knew I had to just get away with them. I was surprised I got a really good start, took the lead. The setup on the bike just felt a little bit too soft but manageable to stay with the pack. And I just tried to conserve myself knowing that these two boys at the front, Levi and Joe, were just in another league today. So, well done to them. I’m over the moon for the team. To get the bike rebuilt from last night to get out on track, just happy days.”
Phil Atkinson (Highsparks Motorsport #7) – 4th (2017 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup 2nd)
“We recovered well. Gutted to have lost the podium, it would’ve been nice, but at the end of the day the championship is more important. Big thanks to Highsparks Motorsport, Shane Crazier from Highsparks, he really believed in me even when I was injured, and stuck by me. I’d like to stay with them again and hopefully try to win this thing.”
Taryn Skinner (Highsparks Motorsport) – 9th (Top 899 Championship finisher)
“It was a really hard ride actually because I had no gear lever peg left. So it was difficult but a good end of season though.”
Top 10 Championship finishers
*Top 899 rider