World Superbike standings after the first race at Assen:
Twenty-one dry laps of a cold and windy Assen and the riders don't have much dry data from this weekend. Report and results follow.
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.
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
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.
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 long-term future of MotoGP and World Superbikes in Australia has been secured. Earlier this week, Dorna signed an agreement with the Victorian government and the Phillip Island circuit which will see both world championship motorcycle racing series remain at the circuit for the next ten years, until 2027.
The agreement is great news for motorcycle racing fans and riders, as the Phillip Island circuit is almost universally regarded as one of the best two or three circuits in the world. Riders praise its fast, flowing layout - it is the fastest track on the calendar, with an average speed of well over 181 km/h - and its location, perched atop a cliff overlooking the Bass Strait which separates mainland Australia from Tasmania, makes for a spectacular setting and dramatic TV images. The flowing layout always provides fantastic racing, as the 2015 MotoGP race proved.
Davies Doubles down and ups the ante on Kawasaki
It’s very easy to jump to quick conclusions during the early stages of a season. Momentum swings from one bike to another and while some riders are ascending others are having an off weekend.
However, the third round of the Superbike World Championship has definitely shown that Chaz Davies and Ducati are the form package at the moment. The Welshman and the Italian bike claimed their first wins of 2016 in Aragon but having been in the thick of the fight for five wins in the opening six races their pace has not been in question.
What had been in question was top speed. While the Ducati MotoGP bike is a verified rocket the WorldSBK specification Panigale R has traditionally struggled to keep pace with the Kawasaki on straights. In the opening rounds we saw this when Davies was easily overtaken by Rea in both Australia and Thailand. Last weekend the tables were sensationally turned.