HEREFORD-based motorbike rider Luke Jones came away with a victory after making the trip to Assen, in the Netherlands.

Jones and the Highsparks Motorsport team, took part in the Ducati Trioptions Cup, supporting the British Superbike round being held there, writes Tim Davies

With the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship that Jones normally races in (also aboard a Highsparks machine) not racing at the Dutch venue, he got some valuable track time in, after a disappointing round on the Stock machine at Oulton Park in the previous round, where he failed to complete a racing lap.

Practice went well, especially as the bike had only been built the previous week, with Jones completing 15 laps, the most of all the 28 riders present, and topping the timesheets by 0.1 seconds from the man second in the championship, Rob Guiver.

The roles were reversed in qualifying, as Guiver took pole position ahead of Jones by 0.211s, with two races held over the weekend.

The first race saw a great battle between Guiver and Jones until the red flags came out, but unfortunately neither rider were deemed to have reacted quickly enough to the race stoppage and were therefore excluded from the results for "disregarding of multiple red flags".

Starting from third on the grid for the second race, it was again Jones and Guiver at the front, and this time there were no problems for the Hereford rider as he took the win by 1.3s from Guiver, again after another good battle.

The next round of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 championship takes place this weekend at Donington Park.