Niccolo Canepa is the new leader of the World Superbike EVO class after scoring good points with his first two category wins of the season at Assen.

Canepa started the season as a favourite for the inaugural EVO title, but has faced strong competition from the likes of David Salom and late-starter Leon Camier in the opening two events, with the Italian yet to 'win' his class.

However, Canepa's fortunes would take a turn for the better in Assen, beginning with an excellent run to seventh position on the grid, an advantage he consolidated to cling onto two comfortable EVO class wins on the Althea Ducati.

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Finishing tenth in both races, the twelve points acquired means he moves ahead of Salom in the overall standings and thus to the top of the EVO reckoning.

"I'm really pleased with how the races went. It was a very difficult day of course but we were able to finish first among the EVO riders in both races, meaning that we move into first position in the classification. In race one I battled with Superbike riders, but we had already demonstrated that we could be fast in the dry during the practice sessions.

"The second race was really hard though, because I'd never ridden the bike in the wet before and I had to be very careful. I found a good rhythm, tried not to commit errors, and brought home another win in the
EVO category. A huge thank-you to my technicians for all their hard work."