While the MotoGP action is in the United States this weekend, the World Superbike paddock is over in Assen, putting on their on display of two-wheeled excellence.
The Cathedral is one of the most popular stops on the WorldSBK calendar, and as such we are lucky to have Tony Goldsmith swinging a lens for us in The Netherlands.
So far, Assen has failed to disappoint. At the end of Friday’s FP2 session, only 0.031 seconds separated the top five riders, with Tom Sykes leading the charge, followed by Rea and Haslam.
And where is our nine-races-in-a-row race-winner Alvaro Bautista? All the way back in sixth, though just over a tenth of a second behind Sykes’ pace on the BMW S1000RR.
This is of course the first round where Ducati will see its maximum rpm reduced, which hopefully will help reel in Bautista’s blistering pace to the rest of the pace.
We will have to wait until tomorrow though, to see whether this performance balancing has the desired effect. Until then, enjoy Tony’s photos in the gallery above.