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2009 Assen World Superbike Race 1 Result - Brave Passing Gets Win In Final Corner

Full result of the first World Superbike race at Assen:

Ben Spies led for most of the race, but was chased down by Nori Haga and Leon Haslam. Both Haga and Haslam got past the Yamaha rider, but couldn't escape. In the final laps, Spies reeled first Haslam and then Haga in. He passed Haslam with one of the bravest passes for many a year in WSBK, and the pass on Haga in Meeuwenmeer, just two corners from the end, was similarly courageous.

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2009 Assen FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Results

Full results of the Superstock 1000 race at Assen:

Maxime Berger won the race from pole, after getting a dismal start. The Frenchman was down in 8th by the first corner, but was up to 4th by the end of the first lap. He soon reeled in the leader Javier Fores, and went on to win by a comfortable margin. Behind Berger, Xavier Simeon fought off Fores to take second, while Sylvain Barrier won a wild and tight last-lap battle to take the final podium spot, forcing the unfortunate Fores down to 4th.

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2009 World Superbike Assen Superpole Results - Record Breaker

Below are the results of the three Superpole sessions:
Superpole 1

Tommy Hill, Brendan Roberts, Shinya Nakano and Ruben Xaus knocked out. Mr Superpole Troy Corser put a qualifier on and took second spot, while Biaggi got two laps out of his qualifier to take third. Max Neukirchner was fastest, setting a time of 1'37.946, some 4/10ths of a second faster than Troy Bayliss' existing superpole record from 2008. 

Superpole 2

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2009 World Supersport Assen Qualifying Practice Result - Crutchlow Crushes Allcomers

Cal Crutchlow showed his win in Valencia was no fluke by taking qualifying practice in Assen by the throat and wrestling it into submission. Motocard Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz took the early lead, but as the halfway mark approached, was deposed by Stiggy Racing's Ant West. West's pole would be very provisional indeed: within seconds, Yamaha's Crutchlow was past him, and top of the timesheets.

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2009 World Superbike Assen QP2 Result - Ducatis Dominate

Ben Spies started the second qualifying practice session at the top of the timesheets and looked like staying there, until he got mugged by a gaggle of Ducatis. Noriyuki Haga was the first to assail Spies' supremacy, snatching the lead by just 12/1000ths of a second at the halfway mark. Then with 5 minutes to go, Regis Laconi leapfrogged over Haga to take provisional pole, just 2/100ths of a second ahead of Haga. 

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2009 World Supersport Assen FP2 Result - Crutchlow Edges Lascorz

The second session of Free Practice for the World Supersport class took place in dry and sunny conditions, the weather very pleasant indeed in the northern Netherlands. Cal Crutchlow was fastest for much of the session, and ended FP2 on top, ahead of Joan Lascorz, clearly on form here in Assen. Slightly better news for the Ten Kate boys, as both Kenan Sofuoglu and Andrew Pitt were closer to the front, Sofuoglu in 3rd, Pitt 7th. Winner at Qatar Eugene Laverty could only manage the 10th fastest time.

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Aprilia To Pull Out Of 250 Class From 2010?

There's an interesting guest at Assen this weekend: Giampiero Sacchi, VP Racing for the Piaggio Group, here to watch the progress of Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano aboard Aprilia's latest superbike, the RSV4 Factory. But what is surprising the Italian journalists is that the otherwise talkative Sacchi is so uncharacteristically silent. Sacchi's reticence to talk is generating rumors, also emerging from Motegi that Aprilia is about to make a big announcement in the very near future about their vision on motorcycle racing.

What the rumors are predicting, according to two different stories on GPOne.com, one from the World Superbike round at Assen, the other from the MotoGP round at Motegi, is that Aprilia is on the verge of announcing its complete withdrawal from the 250 class from next season. The rumors have some credibility to them, as Aprilia have made no secret of their disgust at the way the decision to dump the two-stroke 250s in favor of a 600cc four-cylinder four-stroke engine was taken, with no regard for either the interests of or the suggestions made by Aprilia. But the rumors must very much be regarded as just rumors, as one of the key pieces of evidence put forward by Claudio Porozzi of GPOne.com is Sacchi's very refusal to discuss the matter.

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2009 World Superbikes QP2 Result - Spies Fastest Once Again

Ben Spies is proving to be a very quick learner at Assen, taking provisional pole in the first qualifying session at the Assen round of World Superbikes. Once again it was Max Neukirchner who as fastest for much of the session, though Spies was up to speed much quicker on his second session on the track. Neukirchner eventually ended the session down in 7th spot.

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