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Winner Glenn van Stralen (Yamaha): Assen Faza/World Supersport Championship

Winner Glenn van Stralen (Yamaha): Assen Faza/World Supersport Championship

With the victory in the local race in Assen, with the Dutch sports team Tin Kit Yamaha, the dream has become a reality for Glenn van Stralen. His motorcycle was painted in matching colors.

Glenn van Stralen is no newbie to the World Supersport Championship. The Dutchman has already competed in 83 races in the intermediate category of the series-based world championship, and finished second on the podium in the first race in Assen 2022. But the 23-year-old has yet to achieve His first victory was only four years later and it could not have been better: with an R6 painted in orange, the Yamaha rider led a brave race in front of his compatriots and thus caused cheers for his Ten Kate Racing team and in the well-filled stands.

“It is great to achieve this victory in Assen in orange. “It feels so good,” Van Stralen stammered in disbelief. “To be able to do this as a Dutchman with a Dutch team is incredible. I am very grateful for the support I get from the team and everyone around me. Today my dream has come true.”

By the way: One of his first motorcycle congratulators was Michael van der Mark (BMW), who won the Supersport World Championship ten years ago with a team from Nieuwleusen.

In the final stage, Van Stralen rode a second faster than Ducati riders Adrian Huertas and Nicky Tolli, who flanked him on the podium.

“The race was not easy at all, but I felt good and had a strong rhythm,” Van Stralen said. “After I changed the rain tires, the gap at the front was huge. But with two laps to go I was first and that made things more complicated. I started thinking about what could happen and made mistakes. So I put the thoughts aside and took it one curve at a time. It was an incredible feeling to see the gap shrink and then the lead grow after I got first. When I crossed the finish line, I felt very happy.”

“Today we have lived a part of Dutch motorsport history,” added team principal Kervin Boss. “For us, doing this as a Dutch team with a Dutch driver in Assen is the dream that started it all. We have been down this road with many of Glen's Dutch companies, sponsors and partners and he has already done it with us in his third racing weekend. He kept calm and decided to change tires at the right time and the team executed the strategy perfectly. We are very happy and proud.”