Stigefelt celebrates double Assen podium

Stiggy Racing's manager Johan Stigefelt has described his team's double podium finish in only their fourth World Superbike Championship event as 'incredible'.

Although reduced down to a single bike for the weekend following John Hopkins' accident in free practice, Leon Haslam more than made amends for the team with two outstanding rides

Challenging Ben Spies and Noriyuki Haga for victory in the first race, Haslam would go on to claim a career-best result of second in the following encounter.

Moving himself and team up to third position in the standings, Stigefelt is thrilled to see his team proving itself alongside more experienced and better funded rivals.

"It was an incredible day for us,” he said. “We achieved a fantastic result in Assen, it is a great effort from everyone in the team. We all have worked so hard to get here. Everyone believes in the project. We just have an incredibly strong and motivated team. At ten o'clock the night before we were still swapping engines in Leon's bike, but he is delivering and has rewarded the team for their efforts.

“Leon can ride the bike well and has put it to the limit. He has put in a great effort as well and to take home two podium places in our fourth Superbike race is just incredible. It's a big thing for the team, we are currently third in the Championship and best Honda team. It is hard to believe we achieved this in such a short period of time.”

Stigefelt didn't forget Hopkins either, vowing to give him a similarly competitive package when he returns to action from injury.

“On the other side there was the heavy crash on Friday that took John out of contention for a while. I feel really sorry for him, and hope he will make a speedy recovery. We can give him the same package Leon has and are ready for him when he comes back.”

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prof - Unregistered

April 28, 2009 2:03 PM

Maybe Ant West could do double duties at next round & fill in for Hopper if he's not recovered enough....?? Shades of Hailwood & co. riding multi classes & more recently Freddie Spencer! Bet Westy would be up for it! :rolleyes:

Lord Flashheart

April 28, 2009 5:03 PM

Dont know about west's bike in the supersport class, but haslam could definately use some more ponies, he was right on fab's back wheel coming on to the straight but couldn't use the slipstream to pass, but then took off once he did get past. Go haslam!!! go crutchlow, without all the misshaps and mistakes you would have won for sure, the other guys must be a bit worried about your pace

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