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FFX Yamaha celebrate strongest round of the season at Assen

The FFX Yamaha team celebrated their biggest point’s haul of their debut MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship campaign at Assen with Filip Backlund scoring a top ten finish in the second race.Backlund continued his learning curve in the Superbike class, qualifying 21st on the grid, but as conditions changed just before the start of the opening race, the Swedish contender showed his determination by carving through the field. Backlund was fighting for a podium finish until he crashed out of fourth place on the twelfth lap.In race two Backlund had secured a second row grid start in fourth place after showing impressive pace in the opening contest to battle to ninth place, scoring the team their best ever finish in MCE BSB.

Backlund said: “Our second race weekend for me on the FFX Yamaha is done and we go away from Assen with more information and knowledge then before. Race one was wet and I had never ridden the FFX Yamaha in the rain before so I didn't know what to expect, but with the changes we made the bike felt really good and I could push it more all the time. We were up in the front group and fighting for a podium finish so it was sad that we crashed out with only six laps to go.“It was disappointing but we have learnt a lot and can take what we learnt there for the future. In race two it changed to dry conditions and from a second row start I dropped a little into the first corner but could work hard and fight for a top ten finish.“I know it's a hard championship and the riders are some of the greatest but I want to win so I will be honest and say that I'm not happy that we aren't on the podium yet but it will come. In the wet I know I'm quick, we just need to find that extra in the dry so we can be consistent to run up in the front. I want to thank everyone for their support and also big thanks to the team who worked so hard all weekend long to get everything sorted, especially after the crash in race one.”