A cold and windy morning's qualifying, but mercifully without rain at the start. All four riders that didn't qualify in the timed sessions yesterday were able to put in times in this morning's session to allow them into Superpole. Report and results follow.
Assen, The Netherlands
Over a second quicker than anyone else, Kenan Sofuoglu set the quickest time of the weekend in the morning's untimed session. The track conditions allowed him to go quicker than the morning's Superbike times.
The fifteen-minute untimed session gave riders a chance to get six or seven wet laps in and Davide Giugliano ended the session ahead of Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli.
Press releases from Dorna and the teams after the first day of practice at Assen:
Lowes' Yamaha Leads the Rush to Tissot-Superpole
Wet weather characterises Day 1 as low grip shuffles the deck
PJ Jacobsen emerged victorious from a crash-filled session, with Kenan Sofuoglu, Anthony West and Kyle Smith the only riders able to get within a second of his time. Eight riders were caught out by the conditions over the two sessions and did not post fast enough times to qualify.
Alex Lowes ends the tricky day ahead of Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli, leading into an uncertain Superpole. Four riders in the bottom five didn't set quick enough qualifying times, but Szkopek scraped through on a time he set this morning.
Kenan Sofuoglu leads the field by over a second in the rain ahead of Kyle Smith and wet weather specialist Anthony West.
The rain in Assen didn't slow the Kawasakis down, with Jonathan Rea quickest throughout most of the session until Tom Sykes took over.
Press releases ahead of this weekend's World Superbike round at Assen:
WorldSBK: Van der Mark, Get Set…GO
The paddock returns north for the 25th anniversary of WorldSBK in Assen
The TT Circuit Assen is a track that breathes history. Racing in the area began over 90 years ago, and the first ribbons of tarmac that would go on to form the modern circuit were first constructed in 1955, before the modifications took place that sculpted it into what it is today: a track of legend, where memories have been made and tempers frayed.
The FIM have today at last finalized the 2016 MotoGP calendar. The two circuits which were still subject to contract, Brno and Jerez, have now had their contracts confirmed. The calendar is unchanged from the provisional calendar published between Sepang and Valencia last year.
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
2016 Calendar, 10 February
The FIM and Dorna are pleased to confirm that the FIM Grand Prix World Championship calendar published as provisional on November 2 is now final.