WSBK: “Wet” Superpole Qualifying at Assen

04/21/2012 @ 11:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

WSBK: Wet Superpole Qualifying at Assen WSBK Assen Tom Sykes Kawasaki wet 635x354

With the rain playing a factor during the Qualifying Practice sessions, riders like Max Biaggi were caught out, and left high and dry during an otherwise water-filled build up to today’s Superpole qualifying. As the Roman Emperor watched from the sidelines, World Superbike Race Direction deemed the Superpole a wet session, reducing the qualifying event to two twenty-minute sessions, with only the top eight riders going onto the second round. With the track actually dry for Superpole 2, all eyes were on Tom Sykes, to see if the Kawasaki rider could make a hat trick out of his qualifying streak.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Assen, The Netherlands:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R1’35.399-
2Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’36.4321.033
3Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’36.5661.167
4Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’36.8751.476
5Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’37.1561.757
6Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’37.3111.912
7Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’37.5922.193
8John HopkinsCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’37.9132.514
Out After Superpole 1
9Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR1’40.5165.117
10David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’40.5235.124
11Chaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory1’40.6275.228
12Leon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001’40.6815.282
13Brett McCormickLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R1’41.9626.563
14Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’43.9478.548
15Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’44.0228.623
16Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR1’44.5009.101
Not Qualified for Superpole
17Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory1’40.2314.832
18Niccolò CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R1’40.8595.46
19Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1’41.1615.762
20Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’41.6936.294
21Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’41.7686.369
22Mark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1’43.1447.745
23Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R1’50.80815.409

Source: WSBK

Comment:

  1. Afletra says:

    No R1…back at last season and see their result (Yamaha Factory), really sad to see that they left World SBK Championship…
    I wonder why there’re no private team wanna use R1, anyone?

  2. Westward says:

    Sykes’s string of supers poles are more a testament of the bikes capabilities rather than the riders… Aside from the obvious like Checa and Biaggi, Guintoli, Laverty, Haslam, Rea, Melandri, and even the rookie Giugliano are proving to be better riders. Any one of them would probably be the series leader right now if they were on a Kawasaki…

  3. Bucks Miaggi 23 says:

    @Westward: Bullshit!
    Even with Joan Lascorz out, Sykes isn’t the only Kawasaki on the grid. Of course the bike has made big steps, but how do you figure all of “Checa and Biaggi, Guintoli, Laverty, Haslam, Rea, Melandri, and even the rookie Giugliano” are better riders than Tom Sykes? AFAIK none of them is on the same bike, so it’s impossible to judge what they would do if the were on a Kawasaki. And by the way, Tom Sykes is only 13 points away from the lead, and could have easily taken the lead if not for his technical problem in Assen.