2010 Assen World Superbikes Superpole - Updated

Results of the World Superbikes Superpole, updated as they happen:

Superpole 1

Leon Haslam topped the first Superpole session, after just edging Johnny Rea by one thousandth of a second, the narrowest of margins. Troy Corser finished in 3rd, ahead of Jakub Smrz and the two Sterilgarda Yamahas. Chris Vermeulen suffered a nasty-looking crash down in the South Loop, tumbling through the gravel with his leg trapped under his bike. His condition is not yet known.

Out after Superpole 1: Luca Scassa, Lorenzo Lanzi, Chris Vermeulen, Broc Parkes.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.497  
2 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.498 0.001
3 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'35.621 0.124
4 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'35.785 0.288
5 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.874 0.377
6 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.053 0.556
7 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.242 0.745
8 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.291 0.794
9 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'36.389 0.892
10 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.405 0.908
11 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'36.421 0.924
12 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'36.426 0.929
13 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'36.470 0.973
14 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'36.510 1.013
15 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.557 1.060
16 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.615 1.118
Out after Superpole 1
17 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'36.906 1.409
18 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'36.989 1.492
19 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.378 2.881
20 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.622 3.125

Superpole 2

Johnny Rea returned to the top of the timesheets in Superpole 2, just edging fellow Briton Leon Haslam and Australian Troy Corser. The Superpole system once again caught out a number of big names, Noriyuki Haga being the most prominent casualty, while the two Sterilgarda Yamahas found themselves bumped out of Superpole 3 by flying laps from Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne at the last minute. For James Toseland, it was not for want of trying, the Englishman running wide at the terrifyingly fast Ramshoek corner, but managing to stay upright.

Out after Superpole 2: Cal Crutchlow, James Toseland, Max Biaggi,  Ruben Xaus, Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes, Noriyuki Haga, Max Neukirchner,

Results:  

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.417  
2 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.513 0.096
3 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'35.584 0.167
4 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'35.730 0.313
5 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'35.813 0.396
6 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'35.843 0.426
7 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'35.848 0.431
8 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'35.986 0.569
Out after Superpole 2
9 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.027 0.610
10 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.061 0.644
11 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.069 0.652
12 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'36.094 0.677
13 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.327 0.910
14 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.348 0.931
15 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'36.574 1.157
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.581 1.164
Out after Superpole 1
17 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'36.906 1.409
18 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'36.989 1.492
19 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.378 2.881
20 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.622 3.125

Superpole 3

Johnny Rea will start tomorrow's two World Superbike races from pole, after setting a blistering lap of 1'34.944, over 2.6 seconds faster than the superpole lap set by Ben Spies last year, though much of that is down to the new, much faster layout of the Ruskenhoek corner. Leon Haslam had led the timesheets early, but the Alstare Suzuki rider was bumped down the grid, first by Rea, then by Pata S&G's Jakub Smrz, and again by BMW's Troy Corser. Haslam held onto a place on the front row, though, a big advantage over his main rival for the title Max Biaggi, and a couple of places ahead of Carlos Checa. The man so hotly tipped for the title before the season started, Noriyuki Haga, will start all the way down in 15th. The problems for Xerox Ducati continue, it appears. 

Final results of Superpole:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.944  
2 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'35.062 0.118
3 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'35.306 0.362
4 91 L. Haslam Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.330 0.386
5 2 L. Camier Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'35.633 0.689
6 7 C. Checa Ducati 1098R 1'35.892 0.948
7 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'35.909 0.965
8 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'36.405 1.461
Out after Superpole 2
9 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.027 0.610
10 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.061 0.644
11 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.069 0.652
12 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'36.094 0.677
13 50 S. Guintoli Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.327 0.910
14 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.348 0.931
15 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'36.574 1.157
16 76 M. Neukirchner Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.581 1.164
Out after Superpole 1
17 99 L. Scassa Ducati 1098R 1'36.906 1.409
18 57 L. Lanzi Ducati 1098R 1'36.989 1.492
19 77 C. Vermeulen Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.378 2.881
20 23 B. Parkes Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.622 3.125
Out of Superpole
21 15 M. Baiocco Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.471 2.850
22 95 R. Hayden Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.769 3.148
Round Number: 
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2010
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Comments

9 35 C. Crutchlow Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.027 0.610
10 52 J. Toseland Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.061 0.644

JT needs to drop some of the concerts and focus.

That ought to give him .034 on his lap times.

I do try to keep the comment section relatively clean and intelligent, and to the great credit of my readers, the comments are generally of an exceptionally high level. However, there are one or two posters who are just a fraction ahead of me, and fatuous comments end up on the site before I can stop them. I'm hoping the really smart part of the readers can overlook the occasional pointless comment I don't get to in time. 

Take it as just part of making something worth reading. As the good word spreads, the hoi polloi will follow.

On average it is pretty good. Sadly, relatively speaking, the world of motorsports doesn't set the bar high.

From what I read Matteo Baiocco and Roger Lee Hayden did not make it to Superpole and qualified 21st and 22. They'll both be on the grid just at the very back of it.