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.
The second session was much dryer. Rea and Smrz put in fast early laps, but Sykes took his usual place at the top after 5 minutes. After 10 minutes, everyone put qualifiers on and headed out. Again, the only person capable of beating Sykes's early pole time was Tom Sykes himself with a 1'35.399, knocking over a second off his previous fastest lap.
While Jonathan Rea was able to improve a little, Sykes was still over a second faster and secured his third pole position in a row. No other rider has managed to take pole position ahead of the Kawasaki man this year.
|1||66||SYKES T||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'35.399|
|2||65||REA J||Honda CBR1000RR||1'36.432||1.033|
|3||96||SMRZ J||Ducati 1098R||1'36.698||1.299|
|4||50||GUINTOLI S||Ducati 1098R||1'37.076||1.677|
|5||7||CHECA C||Ducati 1098R||1'37.156||1.757|
|6||84||FABRIZIO M||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.311||1.912|
|7||91||HASLAM L||BMW S1000 RR||1'37.592||2.193|
|8||21||HOPKINS J||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'37.913||2.514|
|9||33||MELANDRI M||BMW S1000 RR||1'40.516||2.438|
|10||44||SALOM D||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'40.523||2.445|
|11||19||DAVIES C||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'40.627||2.549|
|12||2||CAMIER L||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'40.681||2.603|
|13||68||MCCORMICK B||Ducati 1098R||1'41.962||3.884|
|14||58||LAVERTY E||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'43.947||5.869|
|15||121||BERGER M||Ducati 1098R||1'44.022||5.944|
|16||86||BADOVINI A||BMW S1000 RR||1'44.500||6.422|
|17||3||BIAGGI M||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'40.231||2.631|
|18||59||CANEPA N||Ducati 1098R||1'40.859||3.259|
|19||34||GIUGLIANO D||Ducati 1098R||1'41.161||3.561|
|20||36||MERCADO L||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'41.693||4.093|
|21||4||AOYAMA H||Honda CBR1000RR||1'41.768||4.168|
|22||18||AITCHISON M||BMW S1000 RR||1'43.144||5.544|
|NQ||87||ZANETTI L||Ducati 1098R||1'50.808||13.208|