Twenty one laps of the cathedral of speed, riders would be trying to make a point after the spat in Superpole. The weather was cold, 10ºC air temperature, 18ºC on the track.
Assen, The Netherlands
Superpole one was contested by eleven riders, vying for two places to compete in Superpole two, with Randy Krummenacher and Xavi Fores in the two favourite spots. Superpole two ended in riders arguing in Parc Fermé.
Updated: See below.
Kenan Sofuoglu and PJ Jacobsen continue their dominance at the top of the timing sheets, with only Sheridan Morais also able to keep within a second of Sofuoglu's time.
In the morning's untimed session, Jonathan Rea approached Loris Baz's outright lap record as the only man to get under 1'35, over eight tenths of a second quicker than his teammate, second quickest Tom Sykes. Chaz Davies, third quickest, is the only other rider within a second of Rea's time.
Press releases from the organizers and WorldSBK teams after the first day of practice at Assen:
Rapid Rea ends Friday sessions on top
World Champion outpaces rivals on day one at Assen, with Davies and Sykes also in top three
With PJ Jacobsen unable to better his morning's time, the only rider in the top twenty not able to do so, Kenan Sofuoglu took over at the top with the first sub-1'39 lap of the weekend. Federico Caricasulo sat in third place overall, second quickest this session.
Jonathan Rea ran two extended runs, the second being an eighteen lap charge within which he set the fastest lap. Chaz Davies also took advantage of the lack of rain for a twelve lap run while Tom Sykes continued to chase settings ahead of tomorrow's Superpole and race.
Michael van der Mark wasn't able to improve on his morning's time, but his early lap was good enough to qualify him for Superpole two. Marco Melandri improved on his time, but remained in tenth place.
PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu got the most out of the morning's hour long session, with everyone from fourth place and back being over a second off the pace. Lucas Mahias was the only other rider to get within a second of Jacobsen's quick time, almost three quarters of a second behind the quick pair.
Tom Sykes opened the weekend with the quickest time, ahead of Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea while local man Michael van der Mark was fourth quickest. With rain feared for this afternoon, getting into the top ten in this first hour was important for Superpole tomorrow and Marco Melandri nearly missed out, with Alex Lowes crashing out of a lap that would have kept Melandri outside the top ten.
Press releases from the teams and organizers previewing the upcoming Dutch round of WorldSBK at Assen:
The Cathedral awaits WorldSBK
Feel the speed as the paddock heads to TT Circuit Assen