2011 WSBK Assen Superpole Results - Updated

Results and summary of Superpole sessions from Assen:


Superpole 1

Leon Haslam was the first rider to set a mark, cracking into the 1'35 barrier to lead, but the top was taken over almost immediately by Noriyuki Haga on the Pata Aprilia. Max Biaggi held 3rd at first, but was soon displaced by Joan Lascorz and Jakub Smrz. Leon Camier interrupted at the halfway mark, taking over 3rd from Lascorz. In the final minutes, the factory Yamahas took over at the top, Laverty beating his teammate Melandri, with Corser, Haslam and Sykes all leaping up the tables. In the final seconds, it looked like Michel Fabrizio would knock Smrz, the man who had dominated practice in Assen, out of Superpole, but the Suzuki rider lost time in the final sector, and was eleminated.

Out After Superpole 1:  Michel Fabrizio, Ruben Xaus, Sylvain Guintoli, Ayrton Badovini 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.623  
2 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.664 0.041
3 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.667 0.044
4 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'35.733 0.110
5 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.801 0.178
6 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'35.830 0.207
7 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.833 0.210
8 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.855 0.232
9 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.957 0.334
10 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'36.007 0.384
11 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.092 0.469
12 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'36.138 0.515
Out after Superpole 1  
13 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.148 0.525
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.260 0.637
15 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'36.361 0.738
16 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'36.920 1.297

Superpole 2

The Yamahas started Superpole 2 quickly, with Marco Melandri taking over top spot from Joan Lascorz, but Melandri's lead was short lived. Johnny Rea leaped up the timesheets to take top spot from Melandri, with Carlos Checa behind him. Another lap later and Checa went faster still, snatching the fastest time from Rea, while Laverty moved up to 4th. Checa's lead only lasted the first half of SP2, with Jakub Smrz jumping straight to 1st from 12th, and ensuring his entry to the final session of Superpole. Biaggi did likewise, though he only managed the 5th spot rather than 1st. Leon Camier made a last-minute attempt to avoid demotion, but could only manage to improve to 9th, just out of the final session of Superpole.

Out after Superpole 2: Leon Camier, Troy Corser, Joan Lascorz, Leon Haslam

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'35.523  
2 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'35.536 0.013
3 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.552 0.029
4 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.696 0.173
5 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.760 0.237
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.799 0.276
7 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.810 0.287
8 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.825 0.302
Out after Superpole 2  
9 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.903 0.380
10 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'35.954 0.431
11 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.983 0.460
12 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'36.089 0.566
Out after Superpole 1  
13 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.148 0.525
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.260 0.637
15 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'36.361 0.738
16 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'36.920 1.297

Superpole 3

Carlos Checa was the first man to put in a serious attempt at Superpole, with a lap of 1'35.594, following it up with a 1'35.292. The first rider to challenge Checa's supremacy was Eugene Laverty, the Yamaha rider getting within a couple of tenths, while Jakub Smrz was a few more tenths behind in 3rd. Laverty's 2nd place was not secure, however, Jakub Smrz bumping the Irishman down with just a handful of seconds left in the session. The two Ducatis of Checa and Smrz will now head up the front row, with Laverty and Noriyuki Haga alongside them, while Johnny Rea sits at the front of the second row, alongside Max Biaggi, Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri. Melandri had been on a fast lap, and looking good for the front row, but he crashed in Assen's Southern Loop.

Final grid:

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Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 7 C. CHECA Ducati 1098R 1'35.292  
2 96 J. SMRZ Ducati 1098R 1'35.560 0.268
3 58 E. LAVERTY Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.580 0.288
4 41 N. HAGA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.920 0.628
5 4 J. REA Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.138 0.846
6 1 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.302 1.010
7 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.351 1.059
8 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.036 1.744
Out after Superpole 2  
9 2 L. CAMIER Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'35.903 0.380
10 11 T. CORSER BMW S1000 RR 1'35.954 0.431
11 17 J. LASCORZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.983 0.460
12 91 L. HASLAM BMW S1000 RR 1'36.089 0.566
Out after Superpole 1  
13 84 M. FABRIZIO Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.148 0.525
14 111 R. XAUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.260 0.637
15 50 S. GUINTOLI Ducati 1098R 1'36.361 0.738
16 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'36.920 1.297
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I really wish we could watch Superpole here in the States, maybe if we all flood Speedtv with letters, something may happen. lap times are all close, should be a really good race. Anyone know if superpole video is on the web somewhere?

It's been a problem forever. SPEED has no faith in the draw of motorcycle racing. They butcher the AMA coverage with excess commercial breaks. They sometimes show the WSS, moto2 and 125s races for the first time, three days later. They simply have no two-wheel fans on staff. It's an embarrassment for the US. They go out of their way to show each session of Formula 1. I like F1, but it's only barely popular here, relative to other car race series, and the only reason for this is that SPEED promotes it. If SPEED put the same effort into promoting and broadcasting WSBK and other MC racing, these events would be 10 fold more popular than they are today. FOX and SPEEDtv will never be truly known as a motor-sport network until they wake up and open their eyes to the exciting world of international motorcycle racing.

I live in the states and have a way of watching Superpole, in HD even. I won't divulge any more info than that but I stopped relying on Speed for motorcycle coverage long ago.