Ben Spies started the second qualifying practice session at the top of the timesheets and looked like staying there, until he got mugged by a gaggle of Ducatis. Noriyuki Haga was the first to assail Spies' supremacy, snatching the lead by just 12/1000ths of a second at the halfway mark. Then with 5 minutes to go, Regis Laconi leapfrogged over Haga to take provisional pole, just 2/100ths of a second ahead of Haga.
Behind Spies, Jakub Smrz and Michel Fabrizio took 4th and 5th respectively, the Czech and the Italian finding some pace at Assen. The Ten Kate Hondas continue to struggle in their home race, Ryuichi Kiyonari the best of the Dutch team's bikes in 6th, while Carlos Checa is in 9th and Johnny Rea in 11th. Rea had a crash in the slow Strubben hairpin, but came away unhurt.
Rea wasn't the only rider to crash: Ruben Xaus severely shortened his BMW, and Tommy Hill ended up taking a scooter ride back to the pits after dumping his Althea Honda. The final grid will be set in the three knockout Superpole sessions, due to be run this afternoon.
Full result of the second session of qualifying practice for World Superbikes at Assen:
|1||55||R. Laconi||Ducati 1098R||1'38.714|
|2||41||N. Haga||Ducati 1098R||1'38.735||0.021|
|3||19||B. Spies||Yamaha YZF R1||1'38.747||0.033|
|4||96||J. Smrz||Ducati 1098R||1'38.900||0.186|
|5||84||M. Fabrizio||Ducati 1098R||1'39.022||0.308|
|6||9||R. Kiyonari||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.059||0.345|
|7||76||M. Neukirchner||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'39.074||0.360|
|8||71||Y. Kagayama||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'39.128||0.414|
|9||7||C. Checa||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.141||0.427|
|10||66||T. Sykes||Yamaha YZF R1||1'39.323||0.609|
|11||65||J. Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.359||0.645|
|12||91||L. Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1'39.359||0.645|
|13||67||S. Byrne||Ducati 1098R||1'39.539||0.825|
|14||11||T. Corser||BMW S1000 RR||1'39.581||0.867|
|15||24||B. Roberts||Ducati 1098R||1'39.782||1.068|
|16||111||R. Xaus||BMW S1000 RR||1'39.798||1.084|
|17||56||S. Nakano||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'39.824||1.110|
|18||31||K. Muggeridge||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'39.827||1.113|
|19||3||M. Biaggi||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'39.934||1.220|
|20||33||T. Hill||Honda CBR1000RR||1'40.047||1.333|
|21||94||D. Checa||Yamaha YZF R1||1'40.496||1.782|
|22||25||D. Salom||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'40.572||1.858|
|23||32||S. Easton||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'40.608||1.894|
|24||77||V. Iannuzzo||Honda CBR1000RR||1'41.014||2.300|
|25||100||M. Tamada||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'41.057||2.343|
|26||15||M. Baiocco||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'41.062||2.348|
|27||99||L. Scassa||Kawasaki ZX 10R||1'41.085||2.371|
|28||88||R. Resch||Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9||1'41.978||3.264|
Riders in bold proceed to Superpole this evening.