The MIE Racing Honda team and rider Leandro Mercado have now concluded the fifth round of the Superbike World Championship at the historic Assen TT Circuit in The Netherlands, taking home important championship points after the weekend’s three races.
The 10-lap Tissot Superpole race got underway at 11am. Mercado was lying fifteenth through the initial stages before making up one position mid-race. Maintaining a consistent pace and defending himself well in the final laps, the Argentinian rider crossed the line in fourteenth place. Lining up for race 2 later in the afternoon, Mercado made an excellent start, moving straight up into tenth from sixteenth on the grid. He slid back to fifteenth place as the race progressed and the tyre performance dropped off a little, but he was nevertheless able to gain two positions before crossing the line in a positive thirteenth position.
The MIE Racing Honda team will return to the track for round six of the WorldSBK championship at the Most Circuit in the Czech Republic over the weekend of 6-8 August.