Rizla Suzuki will race in the double-header ninth round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen on September 4th with Dutch ace Jurgen Van Den Goorbergh as a wild card entry.
The 3.726-mile long Assen TT circuit is home for the 35-year-old Jurgen who will make his World Superbike debut on the Rizla Suzuki. As a one-man team for this event, he will use a GSX-R1000 normally used by Rizla Suzuki's regular riders - reigning British Champion John Reynolds and team mate James Haydon in the British Superbike Championship.
With a long and distinguished career in Grand Prix, Jurgen is aiming for podium results at Assen. Without a permanent ride in 2005, he has raced in select World Supersport rounds and was invited to stand in for the injured Makota Tamada in MotoGP, taking an impressive sixth place in China.
Assen WSB is popular with the British crowds and will be televised live on British Eurosport as well as benefiting from delayed highlights on Channel 4. The Superbike action starts at noon on Sunday, September 4th.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I am really looking forward to making my debut in World Superbikes at my home track in front of my home fans.
"Suzuki Netherlands asked me if I would be interested in racing at Assen. I said I would - but only if it was on a competitive bike. When they said it would be on a Rizla Suzuki, I agreed immediately."
Robert Wicks, Team Manager:
"We are happy to be going back to Assen with Jurgen, a hard racer who knows the track like the back of his hand and is keen to make his mark. The team raced at Assen WSB in 2003 with John Reynolds as a wildcard but lack of track knowledge meant the team did not get the results it deserved.
"Rizla Suzuki is racing at Assen at the request of Suzuki Netherlands. A competitive Dutch rider is also likely to bring more fans to the Assen circuit for the event. The team's participation is also of great benefit to our title sponsor, Rizla, in this key market for its brand. The team would like to thank Dunlop for its flexibility given that WSB is a control tyre series. As ever, we are only taking part to win and we'll be giving it 110 per cent with Jurgen. Hopefully our Rizla Suzukis will be fighting for the wins with the regular Alstare Suzuki riders at the front of the pack!"
Rizla Suzuki will be racing at Silverstone in the ninth round of the British Superbike Championship this Sunday, August 21st. John Reynolds topped the time sheets at a recent test at the circuit and his team mate James Haydon was close behind and both are eager for their first victories of the year. There is also a massive Rizla Suzuki display area on the infield at the event and an exciting range of related promotional events taking place throughout the race weekend. Racing starts at 13:15 at the Northamptonshire circuit.