|3||J. Cluzel||MV Agusta||45||-35|
|5||L. Zanetti||MV Agusta||41||-39|
Assen, The Netherlands
Assen warmed up for race two to a still-need-a-jumper 13°C, the temperature IT departments chill their server rooms to, with a track temperature of 20°C.
World Supersport gave us the fight we were hoping for and the drama we have come to expect.
Kyle Smith battered his way to the lead at the beginning of the race, but it didn't take long for the battle of Kenan Sofuoglu and Jules Cluzel to get to the front, giving us the four-way group of Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu, PJ Jacobsen and Kyle Smith, with the back two trading places throughout the race and Sofuoglu taking the lead at the exact halfway point of the race, passing Cluzel at the chicane at the end of lap nine.
The clouds over Assen let the sun peek through, but it was still a cold 9ºC air temperature and a 15ºC track. Pirelli advised riders that the soft A rear (SC0) likely wouldn't last the distance, but eight riders chose it anyway, including Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli.
Jonathan Rea led by turn one, beating his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes to the apex, with Leon Haslam, Chaz Davies and Alex Lowes following. Michael van der Mark bogged down at the start, but scythed through the crowd to end up in sixth place after a few corners.
Heading into Superpole, Chaz Davies had the quickest time and it was set in the afternoon on Friday, where track conditions would be similar to those in Superpole. Fresh from a win last weekend, Davies would be looking for a front row start to best allow him to stay with the other fast men.
Press releases from the World Superbike teams after qualifying at Assen:
Sykes claims his first Tissot-Superpole of the season
Rea and Haslam complete the first row for tomorrow's two WorldSBK races
World Supersport qualifying took place with the top men battling for the front row.
Kenan Sofuoglu operned up the qualifying with the first fast lap, but Jules Cluzel took it off him a minute later and increased the pace for the next two laps. PJ Jacobsen took pole off him but Cluzel reclaimed it shortly after. Kenan Sofuoglu led for a while, but once again, Cluzel reclaimed it, ending the session in pole position, with Sofuoglu and Jacobsen filling out the front row.
Superpole One at Assen took part in sunny weather, warmer than it's been so far this weekend. Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini were the most likely to advance, twelfth and fourteenth quickest in timed qualifying.
In the untimed practice, the Kawasaki pairing of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea, with Michael van der Mark third-quickest at his home race.
After a Friday of Jules Cluzel dominating, Kenan Sofuoglu opens today with a quickest lap of 1'38.553 while Cluzel was beaten to second-quickest by PJ Jacobsen.