Assen, The Netherlands
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.
Press releases from the organizer and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the semi-dry and soaking wet races at Assen:
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?
Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Assen:
The Supersport Qualifying was run under a constant threat of rain.
Superpole Two started dry and would determine the top twelve places on the grid.
The top two riders of this session proceed to Superpole two.
Tom Sykes and Davide Giugliano continued with the pace while Sylvain Guintoli held off Jonathan Rea for the third fastest time in the only untimed practice session.
Kenan Sofuoglu was fastest in this session, as almost everyone set their fastest times of the weekend. Michael Van Der Mark, Florian Marino and Kev Coghlan all set times under 1'39. Jules Cluzel was just outside that time, fifth fastest, but he set a 1'38 time yesterday and is the only top rider unable to improve on his best time from Friday's sessions.
A red flag for a Team Toth crash, a second red flag for the oil not having all been cleaned up from the first, and Davide Giugliano was unable to match his speed from the later, warmer session yesterday. Tom Sykes and Loris Baz, however, did just fine, recording the two fastest times of the day, and taking second and third fastest of the weekend.
Niccolo Canepa was the fastest in the Evo class and is the only Evo bike to qualify directly for Superpole Two.
It threatened to rain at Assen, but the weather behaved for once. A cold morning, 16ºC and drying from overnight rain, gave way to a warm afternoon, reaching 24ºC for the second Superbike session.
Press releases from the series organizer and some of the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the first day of practice at Assen: