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2010 Assen World Superbike Race 1 Result - Five Way Battle Decided With Two To Go

Results and summary of World Superbike Race 1 at Assen:

Johnny Rea took home victory for the HANNSpree Ten Kate Honda team at Assen, after shaking off a pack of pursuers with a couple of laps to go. Rea was outdragged off the line by Troy Corser on the BMW and Leon Camier, who stuffed his Alitalia Aprilia through into 2nd into the first turn. Corser and Camier led from Rea for the first couple of laps, before the Ulsterman started working his way forward, passing Camier on lap 6 and chasing an unleashed Troy Corser.

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Video: Chris Vermeulen Talks About His Crash During Assen Superpole

PBM Kawasaki's Chris Vermeulen has released another chapter in his personal video reports from the racing. In Saturday's episode, Vermeulen talks about how his leg is healing, how Superpole went and what happened during his very nasty looking crash.

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2010 WSBK Assen WSS QP2 Result - Convincing Pole Taken By Half A Second

Results of Qualifying for the World Supersport class:

Kenan Sofuoglu completed his domination of World Supersport practice at Assen, taking pole in convincing fashion by well over half a second. Eugene Laverty continued to close the gap on Sofuoglu, but the distance is still significant. Laverty did manage to get his Parkalgar Honda between the Ten Kates of Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro. The championship leader Motocard.com Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz rounds out the front row.

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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.

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2010 WSBK Assen WSBK FP2 Result - Corser Continues To Top Timesheets

Troy Corser continued in the second session of Free Practice where he left off in QP2, by heading the timesheets on the BMW S1000RR. The Australian once again finished ahead of HANNSpree Ten Kate's Johnny Rea, while Leon Haslam put the Alstare Suzuki in 3rd. BMW's progress continued in the other half of the garage as well, with Ruben Xaus ending the session in 4th, just over three tenths of a second behind Corser.

Results:

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2010 WSBK Assen WSBK QP2 Result - Corser Takes Provisional Pole

Troy Corser took provisional pole spot during the second session of qualifying for the World Superbike class, underlining the serious steps forward that BMW have made with the S1000RR. Corser's hot lap displaced Jakub Smrz from provisional pole, and bumping Ten Kate's Johnny Rea down into 3rd. Carlos Checa made a big jump forward to move up into 4th place. 

The final starting grid will be settled during Superpole this afternoon.

Results: 

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2010 WSBK Assen WSS FP2 Result - Laverty Closes The Gap On Sofuoglu

Eugene Laverty finally broke the stranglehold which the Ten Kate Honda World Supersport team had at Assen, putting his Parkalgar Honda between Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro. Sofuoglu still has a firm grip on the class, though, leading Laverty by over half a second. Lorenzini by Leoni Kawasaki's Fabien Foret was 4th fastest in the morning session, run in cool, but sunny and dry conditions.

Results:

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OnTheThrottle Video - Assen WSBK Pre-Race Show

As is their custom, OnTheThrottle.tv have another pre-race show for this weekend's round of World Superbikes at Assen. Recorded live in the press room at Assen - just a pre-fab wall away from the coffee corner - World Superbike commentators Jonathan Green and Steve Martin round up the first day's events at the legendary Dutch track, talk about the new, improved Ruskenhoek corner (more old Assen than new Assen) and even get a guest onto the show. Pata S&G Ducati's Jakub Smrz takes over the mike and talks to Dave Williams about setting the fastest time of the day during qualifying.

Here's the OTT WSBK Preview show: 

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2010 WSBK Assen WSS QP1 Result - Ten Kate Hegemony Continues

The Ten Kate World Supersport team are clearly determined to dominate their home round of World Supersport this weekend. After sweeping all opposition before them during the first session of free practice, Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro continued in the same vein during QP1. Sofuoglu sits on provisional pole, three tenths ahead of his teammate Pirro, but the gap to the rest has been reduced from huge to just dominant.

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2010 WSBK Assen WSBK QP1 Result - Smrz Takes Top Spot

Jakub Smrz is on provisional pole for Sunday's World Superbike races, after taking the top spot from Johnny Rea with a few minutes left in the first session of qualifying. The Pata S&G Ducati rider was helped to first spot by Rea himself, after the engine of the HANNSpree Ten Kate rider's Honda CBR1000RR blew up in a very oily mess, causing the session to be red-flagged, while the marshalls cleaned up the mess.

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