“Considering what we expected from the Assen races it has been a hard weekend,” said Filip. “In first practice we had a few technical issues so we couldn’t do the full session and in the second we found a good set-up which increased our pace but on the Saturday morning I had a little crash on the second lap out from the pits. Maybe I was too over eager and got on the throttle too early.”
The Swedish rider was disappointed after qualifying, as a suspension change didn’t result in better lap times. “We changed the rear shock for qualifying,” explained Filip. “But the outcome was that we were a second slower than before, so for race one we reverted to the previous rear shock but then suffered from front-end chatter which is something you don’t want around Assen, as you can’t push hard in the corners.”
The end result was 23rd at the flag. Race two saw Filip again lack the pace he was confident of doing consistently, but he did get quicker, setting his fastest time on the final lap and the result was 25th place overall. “It’s hard to say where we could have been if we could have carried over the good feeling from Donington practice, but it was not to be, for some reason,” said Filip.
All Backlund can concentrate on now is the final round of the series at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, to go on October 14th-16th. The #99 Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider said: “I really want to reward the people who put faith in me with results at Brands: that is the team, my sponsors and my fans. It’s been a tough season with crashes and injury but I do want to end it on a high and then get myself into good shape for 2017.”