Considering the age of its stars, the Supersport 300 category counts many ‘pupils’ among its ranks, a number of the riders stil at school in fact. And now, at the “University” of Assen, it’s time for a very important roll call – the third of the season – following the break since Misano.

Young but not a girl, experienced (more than anyone else in the entry class) and already a champion: yes, Ana Carrasco is the most highly anticipated rider at Van Drenthe, a track that requires control and sensitivity. The Spaniard has all this, in addition to an excellent team.

The KRT Provec team no less, which also fields a certain Jonathan Rea in Superbike. The 2018 winner has continued to train hard, taking to various tracks including the Catalunya Circuit, her home track. To win in Holland, the Pink Warrior will be using every weapon in her arsenal.

Carrasco, a mature rider. Bruno Ieraci, the strongest Italian

It’s been three years since she won her title. In racing, three seasons is a significant period, because scenarios can change each year. What remains unchanged is the hunger that Carrasco displays, the rider having grown in every respect and still keen to win.

She is the "mature" rider in the 300, a class full of daredevils. In effect, leader Adrian Huertas is among those who have used some good sense as well as their right wrist. The same goes for second-placed Tom Booth-Amos. And then there’s Ana, with the same points tally as Yuta Okaya.

And the Italians? The strongest is Bruno Ieraci, currently in eleventh place. The Italian contingent could do more and – in our opinion – it looks like they are sometimes ‘frightened’ by their rivals' aggressive behaviour. Several have admitted: "Here there’s little room for tactics and a lot of confusion. You have to look out for everything and everyone".

Translated by Heather Watson

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