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2019 Assen World Superbike Race One Result: Race Abandoned Due To Snow

World Superbike race one was postponed due to the snow and rain making it impossible to run a safe race. After a delay, the riders set up on the grid, half an hour late, only for the snow to come back in force, sending everyone back to their garages. As the time passed and the weather didn't improve, Michael van der Mark eventually came out and explained to the crowds in the grandstands that there would be no racing on Saturday. 

With a race postponement, Sunday will have a new schedule, but with three races per weekend, it isn't yet known what's going to happen.

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2019 Assen World Supersport FP2 Result: Krummenacher In Charge

After setting an early lap and spending most of the session in his garage, Randy Krummenacher topped the timing sheet with Federico Caricasulo only getting close at the end of the session. Lucas Mahias was the quickest non-Yamaha ahead of Raffaele De Rosa.  

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2019 Assen World Superbike FP2 Result: Sykes Returns To Top Spot

In a cold session, the top five were separated by just three hundredths of a second with the top seven under a sixth of a second. 

Tom Sykes, on a track where the BMW's lack of power isn't as much of a disadvantage, took the top spot as the flag came out after a session topped by the Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam. Markus Reiterberger was fourth-quickest on the second BMW, ahead of Michael van der Mark. Alvaro Bautista spent most of the session languishing towards the bottom of the list but climbed up to sixth place at the end of the session.

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2019 Assen World Superbike FP1 Result: Rabbit Doesn't Diminish Rea's Glory

After a rabbit crossed the track and brought out the red flags, Jonathan Rea, Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes held off the Ducatis of Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies as all five were within half a second of each other.

The Ducatis have been handed a 250rpm reduction (Honda have had an increase of 500rpm) but as Assen doesn't let them stretch their legs, getting top speeds around 30kmh slower than Aragon, it's not known if the top end reduction will affect them here.

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WorldSBK Rev Limit Changes: Ducati Panigale V4R Loses, Honda CBR1000RR Gains

After Alvaro Bautista's runaway success since joining the WorldSBK series, winning all six main races and all three Superpole races, mostly by a significant margin, the FIM has made the first move toward balancing out performance. Starting from the next round at Assen, the Ducati Panigale V4R is to lose 250 revs, while the Honda CBR1000RR, which has struggled badly since the start of the year, is to given an extra 500 revs on the maximum rev limit.

This is not the only step taken to limit the advantage which the Ducati has. Because Bautista has won every race so far, Ducati will also not be allowed to bring any engine performance upgrades, the so-called concession parts, which includes items such as cylinder heads, air intake funnels, etc. The Panigale V4R will have to compete in the state of tune they started the season. 

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