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2013 Assen World Superbike FP2 Results: Sykes And Baz Lead The Way

Tom Sykes heads to Superpole knowing he's the favourite for pole position after posting the fastest time in the second free practice session. His team mate Loris Baz also seems to have got a setting that will suit him well and Chaz Davies has finally found a way to get the BMW on the front row. Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa continue their good form, both peeling off 1'37 laps in sequence which seems to be the sort of race pace we should expect if the conditions are the same tomorrow.

Results:

Assen - FIM Superbike World Championship - Free Practice

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2013 Assen World Superbike QP1 Results: Giugliano Steals Provisional Pole

A dry start to the day meant qualifying would have a more familiar look to it, in spite of the cold, and both Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes were predictably fast early on, ahead of their French team mates Sylvain Guintoli and Loris Baz. Jonathan Rea, at his team's home track, along with Carlos Checa, also put in respectable times by the half way point.

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2013 Assen World Superbike And World Supersport Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the teams and the series organizer after the first day of practice at Assen:


COLD AND RAINY WEATHER MARK THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE SESSIONS AT ASSEN.

SYLVAIN GUINTOLI, RANKING LEADER OF WSBK, AND EUGENE LAVERTY STAND OUT EVEN IN DIFFICULT CONDITIONS.

SECOND AND THIRD BEST TIMES IN THE FIRST QUALIFIERS FOR THE TWO APRILIA RACING TEAM STANDARD BEARERS.

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2013 Assen World Superbike QP1 Results: Sykes Settles In To Provisional Pole

As the track started to dry out, lap times unsurprisingly came down. Ayrton Badovini showed the Ducati Panigale wouldn't be outclassed in mixed conditions early on, but it was once again Tom Sykes on his Kawasaki that took the provisional pole position, ahead of the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty.

Results:

Assen - FIM Superbike World Championship - Qualifying 1

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WSBK: Leon Haslam fractures leg in Assen practice crash

Leon Haslam has fractured his leg and will no longer be taking part in this weekend's World Superbike race at Assen. His team sent out a press release shortly after his wife tweeted from his account. 

Press release:


Leon Haslam fractures leg in Assen practice crash

Pata Honda rider Leon Haslam crashed at the end of this morning’s free practice session at Assen in the Netherlands as he prepared for round three of the 2013 World Superbike championship.

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2013 Assen World Superbike FP1 Results: Sykes Leads Downbeat Session

As the track was wetter than this morning, the pace was even slower than it was in World Supersport. Tom Sykes was over twenty seconds off qualifying pace as conditions led the events. Several riders were brought down by the conditions, including Leon Camier, who was only medically cleared to race yesterday, and Leon Haslam who went to hospital with an injured leg. Most riders nipped out, saw how wet it was and popped back in the pits, recording fewer than a dozen laps.

Results:

Assen - FIM Superbike World Championship - Free Practice

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Ducati Alstare Press Release: Checa And Badovini Complete Two-Day Test At Jerez

The Alstare Ducati World Superbike team issued the following press release after their two-day test at Jerez:


Team SBK Ducati Alstare completes a positive two-day test at Jerez

Jerez (Spain), Wednesday 17th April 2013: Team SBK Ducati Alstare has today concluded an encouraging two-day test session at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

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BMW Press Release: Chaz Davies On His Double Win At Aragon WSBK

To celebrate Chaz Davies' impressive first double win in World Superbikes at the Motorland Aragon circuit, BMW issued the following press release, containing an interview with the Welshman. In the interview, Davies talks about the improvements BMW has made to their S1000RR for this season, the crucial advances made at the Jerez WSBK test, and his thoughts on being a contender for the 2013 WSBK title.

The press release from BMW is shown below:


Chaz Davies: “BMW has done an awesome job.”

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