With two red flags, this session took a lot longer to complete than planned. The second red flag was caused by Alex Baldolini's MV Agusta spewing oil on the track, requiring a much longer intervention than the earlier five minute break at the start of the session. Kenan Sofuoglu came out on top, over half a second faster than Kyle Smith and Sheridan Morais. Federico Caricasulo and Jules Cluzel were unable to improve their morning's times but still qualify through to Superpole two from their quicker times from the first session.
The top five riders were all within a quarter of a second of Federico Caricasulo's quickest time, with Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu fending off championship leader Lucas Mahias and Sheridan Morais. PJ Jacobsen is a quarter of a second further back in sixth place, making it four manufacturers in the top six spots.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's races at Assen:
World Supersport standings after the fourth race of the season in Assen:
Round four of the World Supersport championship would be eighteen laps of Assen, the Cathedral of Speed.
Press releases issued by the organizers and teams after WorldSBK race 1, and WorldSSP qualifying at Assen:
World Supersport favourites to advance from Superpole one were Luke Stapleford and Roberto Rolfo. Rain didn’t look likely.
Press releases from the organizers and WorldSBK teams after the first day of practice at Assen:
Rapid Rea ends Friday sessions on top
World Champion outpaces rivals on day one at Assen, with Davies and Sykes also in top three
With PJ Jacobsen unable to better his morning's time, the only rider in the top twenty not able to do so, Kenan Sofuoglu took over at the top with the first sub-1'39 lap of the weekend. Federico Caricasulo sat in third place overall, second quickest this session.
PJ Jacobsen and Kenan Sofuoglu got the most out of the morning's hour long session, with everyone from fourth place and back being over a second off the pace. Lucas Mahias was the only other rider to get within a second of Jacobsen's quick time, almost three quarters of a second behind the quick pair.