Spies Wins Dutch Superpole at Assen – 4th WSBK Superpole Win in a Row

04/25/2009 @ 10:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS


In Assen, Ben Spies took his fourth Superpole win in a row by besting the existing pole record by 7/10ths of a second, with back-to-back 1’36.6 laps. Nipping at the heels of Spies, and the only other man to break into the 1’37’s, was Jakub Smrz and his Guandalini Ducati. Continue reading for the rest of the front row, and the Superpole results.


After the Superpole had concluded, Smrz said that the team had made a lot of changes to the bike before the Superpole race, which he wasn’t happy about, but he countered that his crew had done a great job to get the bike perfect for Superpole. Smrz has been fast in qualifying in previous races, but has been unable to translate that speed into a race day result. However, things are looking better for Smrz at Assen where he stated, “we made a lot of laps with a race tire, and also after a few laps the lap times were good. For now the bike is perfect in the way of race setup.”

Third fastest was Leon Haslam on the Stiggy Racing Honda, teammate to John Hopkins, who did not race in the Superpole qualifier. Joining Haslam and Spies on the front row is Noriyuki Haga. Haga and Xerorx Ducati have been struggling with grip from the harder rear tire all weekend, and have still not completely solved the issue. But still, Haga seemed confident that the bike would be sorted in time for race day, with the warm up sessions still available to make further modifications to the Ducati. 


Full result of the three sessions of Superpole:

Top 8 after Superpole 3
119B. SpiesYamaha YZF R11’37.626 
296J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’37.7650.139
391L. HaslamHonda CBR1000RR1’38.0720.446
441N. HagaDucati 1098R1’38.2020.576
584M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’38.2150.589
676M. NeukirchnerSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’38.3530.727
77C. ChecaHonda CBR1000RR1’38.6401.014
866T. SykesYamaha YZF R11’38.7901.164
Out after Superpole 2
971Y. KagayamaSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’38.2880.573
103M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 Factory1’38.4410.726
1165J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’38.5100.795
1255R. LaconiDucati 1098R1’38.5210.806
1331K. MuggeridgeSuzuki GSX-R 1000 K91’38.8021.087
1467S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’38.8111.096
1511T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’38.9061.191
169R. KiyonariHonda CBR1000RR1’39.0791.364
Out after Superpole 1
1733T. HillHonda CBR1000RR1’39.3871.441
1824B. RobertsDucati 1098R1’39.3901.444
1956S. NakanoAprilia RSV4 Factory1’39.5691.623
20111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’39.6431.697


Source: MotoGP Matters