2009 World Superbike Assen QP2 Result - Ducatis Dominate

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:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff
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.

Round Number: 
4
2009
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