WSBK Rewind: 2010 Assen World Superbike Images

With MotoGP due to head to Assen in just over a week, here's a taster from the World Superbike round back in April. Friend of Michel Hulshof of Sports Photography used his expert local knowledge to grab some beautiful shots from the two WSBK races. Michel grew up just a stone's throw away from the iconic Dutch circuit, and it shows. You can see more of his work on his website, or you can follow him on Twitter, under the user name @ProNikon.

The Roman Emperor, on the Noale Rocketship

The HANNSpree Ten Kate Honda team had a couple of days' testing at Assen before the race weekend. It paid off handsomely for Johnny Rea.

Mr Invisible. But not for want of trying.

The Xerox Ducati team were a shadow of their former selves at Assen

Shakey Byrne: his teammate is fast, so why isn't Shakey?

Leon Haslam, still looking like the favorite for the championship

Parkalgar Honda's Eugene Laverty. This should be his year in Supersport

Truly original helmets are few and far between in racing paddocks. Carlos Checa is the honorable exception in this regard

Smack-in-the-mouth-beautiful: The Alitalia Aprilia paint job

Will the real Noriyuki Haga please step forward?

Troy Corser and the BMW made a serious step forward at Assen

Cal Crutchlow has been quietly impressive in his debut year on the Sterilgarda Yamaha

There's an art to hoisting a wheel. James Toseland shows how to control it when you don't want it to happen ...

... A lesson eagerly learned by Luca Scassa ...

... While Johnny Rea gives a stand-up wheelie masterclass.

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I have very particular taste when it comes to motorsports livery. The days of BRG or the UOP Shadow or just JPS is long gone; sponsorship rules and you will either see a NASCAR bulletin board or, if you are lucky, a post-911 Ferrari F1. Motorcycles are no easier than cars.

The very first picture "The Roman Emperor, on the Noale Rocketship" put a smile on my face because of that tiny sliver of eni AGIP. Maybe it is the contrast of red, green, and white to the yellow, but whatever the reason it caught my eye and looks beautiful.