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 MotoMatters.com 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.