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Only one non-Evo bike participated in Superpole one, the powerful Aprilia of Toni Elias, but he would be at a tyre disadvantage to the Evo bikes that had the Supersoft Pirelli available, an ideal tyre for the track temperature.
Chaz Davies recorded the quickest time in the untimed session before Superpole with a time that would put him on the provisional front row if this session were timed. Davies and Sylvain Guintoli both recorded their quickest times of the weekend in this session.
Lorenzo Zanetti topped the session ahead of Kev Coghlan and Michael Van Der Mark, while Kenan Sofuoglu was unable to improve on his time from yesterday. Jules Cluzel missed another morning session.
Davide Giugliano sets provisional pole with Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea hot on his heels. All ten riders qualified for Superpole Two are riders for the established five manufacturers, while Leon Camier and Niccolò Canepa lead the Evo charge in Superpole One.
With a fire delaying proceedings only a few minutes into the second free practice session, the ending was even more strange. With over twelve minutes left, after a drain at turn four was risking leaking on the track, the session was red flagged. The broken drain cover that caused the worries was unable to be repaired quickly and, after forty-five minutes, the remainder of the day's proceedings were called off.
Jonathan Rea was quickest at the point the day's proceedings were red flagged for a burst drain at turn four, with 12'40 remaining of the session. Tom Sykes was four hundredths of a second off his time, with the Aprilias of Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli hot on their heels.
This may well be the first time sewage on the track is the cause of a red flag in international racing.
Kenan Sofuoglu returns to the sharp end by leading free practice by over a third of a second over Kev Coghlan and this morning's fastest man Lorenzo Zanetti.
Davide Giugliano headed off Jonathan Rea and Sylvain Guintoli to put the Ducati on top of the morning's session in Italy.
Lorenzo Zanetti was quickest throughout most of the session and maintained this pace ahead of Florian Marino and Michael Van Der Mark.
Everyone knew the rain was coming eventually, but the volume of water that turned up to watch the afternoon's race was more than expected.
The umbrellas were out, as were the EBRs, having bowed out of race two to trace the mechanical problem that affected the results of the first race.
World Supersport at Assen was free of rain, even though the edges were still damp from the early morning rain, and the grandstands were packed to the gunwales.
The race was ruled a dry race as the damp track was saved from further onslaught by the clouds missing the region. This didn't stop one rider crashing out on his way to the grid, however, letting his bike wander across the grass on its own.
World Superbike's new early start has created two race climates, and we could be in for both cold and wet tomorrow. And if it rains, who stands to benefit?