2013 Assen World Supersport QP2 Results: An End To Surprises

Carrying on from this morning, qualifying would come down to whoever was able to dial in a setting with the fewest laps.

Sam Lowes was therefore favourite for pole position and he didn't disappoint, setting a lap three quarters of a second faster than his rival Kenan Sofuoglu could manage. Championship leader Fabien Foret, having missed the whole of Friday through a dislike of riding in the wet, slotted into third ahead of this morning's surprises Jack Kennedy and Roberto Rolfo, while Luca Scassa took the last spot on the second row.

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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 Supersport FP2 Results: Lowes On High

Sam Lowes ended Free Practice 2 at the top, with his arch-rival Kenan Sofuoglu in third. The surprise was class rookie Jack Kenendy in second place, only losing the top spot at the last minute. Kennedy joined World Supersport this year, fresh from a second place in British Supersport.

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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 Supersport QP1 Results: Antonelli Pips Iddon In The Wet

As the weather refused to improve, the pace was low while the attrition was high. Kenan Sofuoglu made a brief sojourn to the top of the table but was knocked off at the top first by Christian Iddon and finally by Andrea Antonelli. Antonelli's 2'04.455 lap was 14 seconds slower than the fastest times from this morning's free practice.

As the weather is set to improve tomorrow, it's hard to say if these times will factor in qualifying, but the wet weather experience could well help if the weather doesn't improve enough.

Results:

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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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2013 Assen World Supersport FP1 Results: Iddon Masters The Wet

A wet morning in Holland put the dampers on fast laps. Christian Iddon on the MV Augusta dominated the morning session, although towards the end, the top spot was taken off him briefly by Andrea Antonelli and Sam Lowes. Iddon ended the session with a 1'50.434, a full ten seconds slower than last year's FP1 time.

Results:

Assen - FIM Supersport World Championship - Free Practice

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Bridgestone Press Release: Masao Azuma, On New Tracks And Changing Weather Conditions

As ever after a MotoGP race, Bridgestone issued a press release debrief with a senior engineer. This time it is the turn of Masao Azuma, who explains the difficulty of selecting tires for a new track, how the tires performed in the unexpectedly cool weather conditions, and the positive feedback the CRT tires received from the riders. The press release appears below:


Americas MotoGP™ debrief with Masao Azuma

Wednesday 24 April 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

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