WSBK: Assen Superpole Sees Surprise Front Row

04/26/2010 @ 8:45 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

World Superbike action came to Assen this weekend, and it didn’t take long for the Dutch track to claim it’s first victim. Seeing a rider crash in the first round, and a number of big names lost in the second round shuffle, the Superpole format clearly is still a quagmire for many teams. This didn’t stop a couple familiar names from making it onto the front row, but going into the WSBK round in Holland, you never would have guessed who these riders would have been.

Crashing in the very first round of the Superpole qualifying, Christopher Vermeulen found himself caught by his leg as he was dragged into the gravel trap, making this another unfortunate weekend for the Australian rider. With round two proving to be the definitive round for teams, a slew of WSBK favorites found themselves knocked out of the qualifying, including Biaggi, Haga, and Toseland.

For Dutch racing fans, the third round would prove to have more excitement than the second. Johnny Rea took the Superpole victory (on “home turf”), trumping Spies’ 2009 qualifying time at Assen by over two and a half seconds. Other surprises came in the form of Troy Corser, who finished third on the grid with his BMW S1000RR. This qualification marks a big milestone for the Bavarian team.

This result is also another sign that all is not well in the Ducati WSBK camp. With Haga out in round two, and Fabrizio the slowest in round one, the Bologna Rockets are clearly struggling this season after nearly winning the championship last year.

Superpole Results from World Superbike at Assen, Netherlands:

165J. ReaHonda CBR1000RR1’34.944
296J. SmrzDucati 1098R1’35.0620.118
311T. CorserBMW S1000 RR1’35.3060.362
491L. HaslamSuzuki GSX-R10001’35.3300.386
52L. CamierAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’35.6330.689
67C. ChecaDucati 1098R1’35.8920.948
767S. ByrneDucati 1098R1’35.9090.965
884M. FabrizioDucati 1098R1’36.4051.461
Out after Superpole 2
935C. CrutchlowYamaha YZF R11’36.0270.610
1052J. ToselandYamaha YZF R11’36.0610.644
113M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4 1000 F.1’36.0690.652
12111R. XausBMW S1000 RR1’36.0940.677
1350S. GuintoliSuzuki GSX-R10001’36.3270.910
1466T. SykesKawasaki ZX 10R1’36.3480.931
1541N. HagaDucati 1098R1’36.5741.157
1676M. NeukirchnerHonda CBR1000RR1’36.5811.164
Out after Superpole 1
1799L. ScassaDucati 1098R1’36.9061.409
1857L. LanziDucati 1098R1’36.9891.492
1977C. VermeulenKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.3782.881
2023B. ParkesHonda CBR1000RR1’38.6223.125
Out of Superpole
2115M. BaioccoKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.4712.850
2295R. HaydenKawasaki ZX 10R1’38.7693.148