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The weather in Italy was as one can expect this time of year, with 25ºC sunshine and fluffy Poplar seeds in the air.
Superpole opened on schedule, not affected by the morning's delay from the Superstock 600 qualifying's oil spill. Niccolo Canepa would not make the start as he contracted gastro enteritis, putting him in twentieth place before the session started.
After a delayed start to allow marshals to clear oil from an earlier session at turn eight, Davide Giugliano continued his strong pace into the untimed session, in readiness for qualifying. Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes posted almost identical quickest times while Leon Haslam finally breached the top four, half a second quicker than Chaz Davies.
Kenan Sofuoglu set a time over eight tenths quicker than second-quickest PJ Jacobsen, with Jules Cluzel a second off the pace in third. Sofuoglu was the only rider in the top three able to improve on his times from yesterday.
Davide Giugliano sets the pace ahead of the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea with his Ducati teammate Chaz Davies fourth-quickest ahead of Leon Haslam. The top five have been the same all weekend, albeit in different orders in each session.
With the loss of Team Hero EBR, we are left with twenty two entries, leading to only the BMWs of Team Toth not qualifying for Superpole.
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes fended off Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies in a close-fought session. Leon Haslam remains sixth quickest ahead of Alex Lowes.
Jules Cluzel is ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu by under five hundredths of a second on his penultimate lap of the day. Marco Faccani, reigning Superstock 600 champion, edged out PJ Jacobsen for the third quickest lap.
Chaz Davies posted the quickest time, with his returning Ducati teammate Davide Giugliano second-quickest ahead of the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
Kenan Sofuoglu sets the quickest time ahead of PJ Jacobsen and Jules Cluzel.
Assen warmed up for race two to a still-need-a-jumper 13°C, the temperature IT departments chill their server rooms to, with a track temperature of 20°C.
World Supersport gave us the fight we were hoping for and the drama we have come to expect.
The clouds over Assen let the sun peek through, but it was still a cold 9ºC air temperature and a 15ºC track. Pirelli advised riders that the soft A rear (SC0) likely wouldn't last the distance, but eight riders chose it anyway, including Chaz Davies and Sylvain Guintoli.
Heading into Superpole, Chaz Davies had the quickest time and it was set in the afternoon on Friday, where track conditions would be similar to those in Superpole. Fresh from a win last weekend, Davies would be looking for a front row start to best allow him to stay with the other fast men.
World Supersport qualifying took place with the top men battling for the front row.
Superpole One at Assen took part in sunny weather, warmer than it's been so far this weekend. Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini were the most likely to advance, twelfth and fourteenth quickest in timed qualifying.