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Nutt ready to tighten grip on Ducati series in Assen

By Paul Lindsay

It may be a novelty championship, but nonetheless, Castlerock's Marty Nutt (pictured) takes a 16-point lead into the penultimate round of the Ducati 848 Challenge at Assen this weekend.

The 37-year-old's consistency has been there for all to see, having stood on all 12 podiums so far this year, which have included four victories for the Nutt Travel sponsored rider. The former British Supersport and Superbike star will no doubt be looking to get one hand on the trophy on Sunday.

Jordanstown's 125GP starlet Andy Reid, suffered bitter disappointment a fortnight ago at Donington Park, when mechanical gremlins halted his chance of a third successive British Motorstar 125GP victory. But he's well fired up for a Dutch victory on Sunday.

Run concurrently with the modern four-stroke British Motostar class, Reid has been a revelation this season, since his return from a 12-month sabbatical through injury – when he joined the grid at Oulton Park in August. Third place overall was bettered by second place at Cadwell Park and only for the aforementioned breakdown, would have claimed the overall victory at Donington Park.

The penultimate rounds of the Ulster and Irish Superbike Championship will take place this Saturday, September 21, at Bishopscourt Race Circuit near Downpatrick.

The MCRRCI & Killinchy Club event will be run on the full international track at Bishopscourt. Lisburn's David Haire, a four-time winner last week at Kirkistown and Portadown's Marshall Neill will be the star attractions.

The 16-race programme will get underway at 11am.

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