WSBK: “Wet” Superpole Qualifying at Assen

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

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. Rider Team Bike Time Diff.
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’35.399
2 Jonathan Rea Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1’36.432 1.033
3 Jakub Smrz Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1’36.566 1.167
4 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1’36.875 1.476
5 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1’37.156 1.757
6 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1’37.311 1.912
7 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1’37.592 2.193
8 John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’37.913 2.514
Out After Superpole 1
9 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1’40.516 5.117
10 David Salom Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’40.523 5.124
11 Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’40.627 5.228
12 Leon Camier Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’40.681 5.282
13 Brett McCormick Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1’41.962 6.563
14 Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.947 8.548
15 Maxime Berger Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1’44.022 8.623
16 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1’44.500 9.101
Not Qualified for Superpole
17 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’40.231 4.832
18 Niccolò Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1’40.859 5.46
19 Davide Giugliano Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1’41.161 5.762
20 Leandro Mercado Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’41.693 6.294
21 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1’41.768 6.369
22 Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 1’43.144 7.745
23 Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1’50.808 15.409

Source: WSBK

  • Afletra

    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?

  • Westward

    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…

  • Bucks Miaggi 23

    @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.