Guiver caps fantastic season with dominant performance to rule supreme at final race
PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 October 2018
Guiver ended the season with victory in both races in Assen
Rainham rider Rob Guiver ended his Ducati TriOptions Cup season with a clean sweep at the final round in Assen.
In dominant form, the already-acclaimed 2018 champion was fastest in practice and qualifying.
On board a Ducati Panigale 959 for Ducati Romford/Hyside Racing, Guiver won both races setting two new lap records to take him into double figures for race victories this term.
After starting the first race on Saturday from pole, Guiver found himself down to third during the opening lap after being passed by Levi Day and Lewis Rollo.
Guiver was able to regain the lead by the end of lap one and soon opened up a gap over the chasing pack, posting a new lap record on lap four.
The Rainham racer gradually extended his advantage to take the win with a comfortable five-second gap to second.
Guiver made the most of his pole position in race two on Sunday and with poor starts a distant memory, he blasted off the line.
By the time the champion started lap two, he had already opened up a lead of over two-thirds of a second over the field.
Guiver was the only rider to go post a lap time under one minute and 42 seconds, consistently putting in fast lap times and set a new lap record on lap three.
The Rainham rider took the chequered flag in first place with a masterful display to claim his 10th victory of the season.
“We had an incredible weekend and everything went absolutely perfect,” said Guiver.
“To be fastest in every session, to get two wins and to set two lap records topped off one of the best years I’ve ever had.
“It’s been a very hard year mentally, always thinking about the championship and trying to clinch it because I’d never done it before.
“To win it at Silverstone and then go to Assen and win was fantastic.”
The results in the Netherlands saw Guiver finish with 327 points in the overall standings, over 100 clear of Rollo who finished second.
It was apt the Rainham rider was able to cap what has been a dominant season with another dominant display in Assen.
And Guiver will hope to build on this success in the future as he looks to ensure his trophy cabinet continues to grow in the coming years.