2012 WSBK Assen Race 2 Results

Race two results:

Tyre choice would be a major factor with the event deemed a wet race. The choice of tyres ranged from full wets to slicks with a fair amount of riders choosing intermediate front tyres.

Jakub Smrz was one rider to take an intermediate front tyre and he broke away from everyone else, earning a 4 second lead after just a couple of laps. Carlos Checa was one rider on full wet tyres and he retired after a handful of laps.

2012 Assen World Supersport Race Results

World Supersport at Assen provides a tense race in the wet.


As expected, Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) and Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Honda) took the lead early on in the treacherous conditions with Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini) showing strong form in the wet while championship leader Fabien Foret (Kawasaki Intermoto Step) crashed out, eventually retiring. Sam Lowes took a dominant lead, skirting on the edge of grip, sliding the rear ominously, while Vladimir Leonov (Yakhnich Motorsport Yamaha) troubled Sofuoglu and Parkes.

2012 Assen World Superbike and World Supersport Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams at Assen after qualifying on Saturday:

Hat trick of front rows for Jules

PTR HONDA'S Jules Cluzel improved his lap time to stay third on the grid for tomorrow's third round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen in Holland - and closed the gap on the two riders in front. It his third front row start out of three attempts - an impressive hat trick for the class debutant.

2012 Assen World Supersport QP2 Results


In the final qualifying session, temperamental weather meant that, for 20 minutes, nobody would go faster than their times set in QP1 yesterday. Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes went faster than anyone else on their last laps, but didn't improve on their previous times. Jules Cluzel was able to take 3rd back from a fast Kenan Sofuoglu who had to settle with taking the last place on the front row from Fabien Foret.

2012 WSBK Assen Superpole: Wet superpole.

Wet Superpole rules were in place, meaning all 16 qualifying riders were on track at the same time with half being cut at the end of the first of two 20-minute sessions.


Session one: Leon Camier missed the beginning, being a victim of the single bike rule as he wrote off his Suzuki earlier today. Guintoli, Hopkins, Checa and Haslam all sneaked in fast times after late rain slowed down the early action. Badovini crashed, taking Berger out with him, ending both of their challenges.

2012 WSBK Assen FP2 Results: Sykes on top

The practice session started very slowly with no-one willing to waste time on a drying track, but as the riders went out, it seemed that the BMWs had found conditions that suited their electronic package: Northern Europe's grey weather. As the track got drier and the laps got quicker, familiar names started creeping to the top, ending the session with the only man able to beat Tom Sykes's fastest time was Sykes himself in a last-lap flier to the flag.

2012 Assen World Supersport FP2 Results: Drying track favours Lanzi

Weekend favourites Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes were the first riders to make an impression on the wet track, but as the session went on, it got drier, throwing some unfamiliar names to the top of the leader board. Lorenzo Lanzi was the man who put in fast times, lap after lap, at the end of the session while Lowes managed to remind us he's fast, wet or dry.


2012 WSBK Assen QP2: Wet, wet, wet

Riders who were able to bank a fast lap yesterday will head off to Superpole and those who missed out will be regretting the fact they didn't get off the mark quickly enough. Yesterday's rains were no surprise as the radar system warned of rain at 15:30 local time, which is why everybody was out immediately trying to put in a 'banker' before conditions got too dangerous for slicks. Today's session was all about finding wet settings.

2012 Assen World Superbike and World Supersport Friday Press Release Round Up

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after a wet first day of practice at Assen:

Lowes on provisional pole at Assen

BOGDANKA PTR HONDA's Sam Lowes took provisional pole at Assen in the Netherlands after topping both of Friday's sessions ahead of the third World Supersport Championship race of the season.

Kawasaki Issues Update on Condition of Joan Lascorz

Kawasaki today issued an update on Joan Lascorz, and his recovery process:

Update: Joan Lascorz’ Medical Condition

Following Joan’s accident at Imola during official Superbike World Championship testing on Monday April 2nd, we would like to inform you of the following updates.

2012 WSBK Assen QP1: Nice weather for ducks

A few riders put in fast laps before rain doomed their efforts. With no rider recording more than three complete laps before the rains came, the remainder of the session was mostly spent in the relative comfort of their garages. Rea and Melandri both popped out to get wet settings and were soon followed by a few other riders, but nobody really seemed to be in the mood to get their leathers wet, in spite of there being potential for rain tomorrow and Sunday.

2012 Assen World Supersport QP1 Results: Lowes and Parkes on it again

Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes again led the way, both being the first into the 1'39s then the first two into the 1'38s while all but Foret were still logging laps over 1'40. Cluzel, Sofuoglu, Foret and Toth look like they're going to have to fight for the remaining spots.


2012 WSBK Assen FP1 Results: Melandri surprises the likely lads

With what looked like it was going to be Honda and Ducatis at the top of the sheet, the last few minutes saw a clutch of BMWs joining Tom Sykes's Kawasaki at the top. With Rea and Checa being the danger men this weekend, the variety of riders and bikes shown at the top of the sheet is a breath of fresh air for fans of close racing, but not for Max Biaggi who spent the majority of the time languishing well outside the Superpole positions.



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