BMW Motorrad BoxerCup Assen preview

BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2003 kicks off Assen action. The sixth round of the 2003 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup takes place this weekend at the Assen, Holland when once more it accompanies the MotoGP series. Taking place in front of an expected record...

BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2003 kicks off Assen action.

The sixth round of the 2003 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup takes place this weekend at the Assen, Holland when once more it accompanies the MotoGP series. Taking place in front of an expected record crowd of over 130,000 spectators, the BoxerCup race will be the opening race in front of some of the most passionate fans who have flocked from all around Europe to witness racing at one of the oldest race tracks in the world.

After the intense heat of the last two races in Italy and Spain, the weather conditions are regularly wet at Assen giving added drama to the BoxerCup where the 1100cc machines will be again pushed to their limit.

Roberto Panichi (Italy) pushed a little too hard in the last race when he had a healthy lead, only to fall into the gravel and likewise lose his championship lead. Austria's Tomas Hinterreiter took the victory at Barcelona for the second year in a row, but with four different winners from this year's five races, it proves that the title chase is as close as ever!

Switzerland's Andy Hofmann is now leading the tables after the halfway point in the year with a six point advantage over Panichi. Hofmann has been `Mr Consistency' with only one of his five results off the podium.

However, the potentially wet northern European weather may prove to be the ideal conditions for Italy's Alessandro Tomassoni and Britain's Richard Cooper who have taken wet weather victories at Le Mans this year, and Spa-Francorchamps last year respectively.

Lex van Dijk and Jeroen Oudeman riding their BMW Motorrad Team Nederland machines know their way around the Dutch tarmac that has recently been updated over the past three years with track changes and pit buildings been brought in line with the world's best. The two locals will be cheered on by the tremendously patriotic crowd.

German Jurgen Müller, a 6 time German Motorcycle champion is taking one of the hot seats on the VIP machines, whilst Jorge Martinez `Aspar' will be looking to replicate his podium of the 1994 125cc Grand Prix at Assen. Having ridden once already this season at Mugello, South Africa's Lance Issacs returns as a replacement rider for the injured Robert van der Molen.

The 17 lap race starts at 11.40hrs around the 6.027kms track.

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Series Other bike
Drivers Richard Cooper , Jorge Martin