The second round of World Superbike was twenty one laps of a windy Assen, a track of short straights and long fights. Eugene Laverty would miss this race due to an arm injury he incurred in free practice one yesterday.
Assen is a track that doesn't rely on long straights to provide entertainment, with sweeping corners and fast chicanes challenging riders and providing close racing. The top three men in the title chase sit in the top three places heading into this session, with Iker Lecuona fourth quickest. Eugene Laverty was unable to take part in Superpole after being declared unfit after Free Practice one yesterday.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was quickest in the morning's session, but Iker Lecuona was the only rider in the top five to improve on his time from yesterday, promoting himself to fourth quickest overall.
Six minutes in, Iker Lecuona crashed at turn three, bringing out the red flags. After a while, Lecuona got to his feet, assisted by marshals, and the track was cleared. Leon Camier made an appearance on two wheels, ferrying Lecuona back to his garage on a HRC scooter. He was declared fit after examination. Alvaro Bautista was quickest after the red flag, deposing Jonathan Rea and improving on his morning's time in the process. After fifteen minutes, Alvaro Bautista improved his lead, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu.
Toprak Razgatlioglu was quickest throughout most of the session, putting himself on top twenty minutes in and holding the top spot until the flag. Behind him, Iker Lecuona was second quickest ahead of the Ducatis of Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Jonathan Rea and Garrett Gerloff rounded out the top six while Scott Redding was ninth quickest, twelve places better than his returning BMW teammate Michael van der Mark.
World Superbike standings after the second race at Aragon:
World Superbike standings after the sprint race:
The last World Superbike race of the weekend would be eighteen warm laps as the temperature climbed up to 18ºC, heating up the track to 36ºC, fifteen degrees above what it was yesterday, making tyre choice a simpler decision.
The first World Superbike Superpole race of the year was ten laps of a 13ºC Aragon and would determine the grid for the feature race this afternoon.
World Superbike standings after race 1 in Aragon