2016 Assen World Superbike Saturday Press Releases

Press releases from Dorna and the teams after qualifying and race 1 at Assen:


WorldSBK Race 1: He Who Dares

Rea takes the victory, Davies stays close, and Hayden hits the podium

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea as won Race 1 at the TT Circuit Assen as he cements his place as second most successful rider at the Dutch track. Chaz Davies took a well-fought P2, and Honda rider and MotoGP Legend Nicky Hayden got to the WorldSBK podium for the first time.

After a great start for the front row, Tom Sykes lead from pole and was followed off the line by KRT teammate Jonathan Rea as both Kawasakis took off in the lead of the race. After a mistake by Sykes, Rea then passed the pole-sitter as the Ducati of Chaz Davies fought to catch the two, eventually getting past both as the lead group started to concertina.

Sykes was the first of the frontrunners to falter as the Kawasaki rider lost the front into T16, crashing out of the race but escaping unharmed. The group of Rea, Davies, van der Mark and Hayden was left out front in the race, with the Welshman heading the group.

Van der Mark, Davies and Rea fought for the lead in a spectacular showcase of WorldSBK, before the Dutchman sadly pushed too hard and lost his Honda, sliding out and leaving his rivals to a duel won by Rea. Honda teammate Nicky Hayden, after playing a patient game in P4, earnt his way to his first podium in World Superbike with a ride that shows he know has the measure of the Honda, and the Pirelli tyre.

MV Agusta recovered from disappointment in Aragón as Leon Camier fought his way back from being denied entry to Superpole 2 by finishing in an incredible P4, a great haul of points and show of pace from the Italian factory and a well deserved reward for the hard work put in by team and rider.

Pata Yamaha pairing Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes suffered mixed fortunes in Tissot-Superpole and in Race 1, with the number 50 Yamaha of Guintoli starting from the front row and unfortunately ending his first Race in the Netherlands too early with a trip to the gravel. Teammate Lowes fought back from a crash in Superpole 2 to run in the top 6 before ending his race in P8.

BMW riders Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres, after graduating from Tissot-Superpole 1, both ran close together in the top ten until Reiterberger ran off track, leaving teammate Torres to take another top 5 finish as the flag fell, with the German recovering to an impressive 7th, just behind lead Aprilia Lorenzo Savadori. Savadori recorded his best career result to date by coming home P6 as the Noale factory continue to improve and the reigning STK1000 Cup winner continues to impress, and the Kawasakis of Roman Ramos and Lucas Mahias, replacing Sylvain Barrier, closed out a top ten in Race 1 in which every manufacturer was represented.

WorldSBK will be racing once again on Sunday at 13:00 local time (GMT +2), as van der Mark endeavours to take the same pace to the end of the race, and Rea aims for another double at the TT Circuit Assen.


Rea Wins Again But Sykes Finds Misfortune

KRT rider Jonathan Rea took his fourth race victory of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship campaign today, enjoying a 1.662 second margin of victory after 21 windy and competitive laps at Assen. Tom Sykes was in contention for the top spots in the early laps but fell after missing a gear on the approach to the final chicane on lap nine.

Rea had started well from his second row qualifying position after finishing this morning’s Superpole contest just one place from a front row start. With significant changes to his machine’s set-up for the dry first race, after a fully wet Friday in qualifying, Rea put himself in position to win on raceday. He found challenges to his eventual lead from all directions, as five riders formed a breakaway group from the start, in a race where the lead changed hands several times.

Tom also had good pace despite both Friday practice sessions being fully wet and was looking to score heavily once again. After missing a downshift shortly after being passed into the final sector of the track he fell, after running out onto the dirty part of the circuit while braking heavily.

In Superpole qualifying, held shortly before race one, Sykes had taken his third pole of the year on the new model Ninja ZX-10R, and the 33rd of his WorldSBK career. Rea had qualified fourth.

In giving the 2016 model Ninja ZX-10R its latest race win Rea extended his championship lead to 31 points, from second place Assen race finisher Chaz Davies. With one more WorldSBK race to come on Sunday 17th each KRT Rider has another chance to go for a win at the classic Dutch venue.

Jonathan Rea stated: “It was great to win another Assen race. Our bike set-up was new because we changed the bike just for the race after warm-up. I put my head down with a few laps to go. It is really hard to lead but I was so-so happy because I feel we have been a bit on the back foot now since Aragon and before so to score 25 points here is great. I think the potential of this bike is huge but I have yet to get it into a really good window I am comfortable with. This race has given us a lot of information and to score 25 points when it really matters is incredible for me, for my strength inside, and for my championship. I want to thank all the Dutch fans because they give me a great reception every time we come here and thanks to my team for their hard work and keeping my spirits up. After Aragon I felt we were a bit deep in the sea and now I feel our heads are above water.”

Tom Sykes stated: “It was windy out there but I was able to enjoy some great speed in some areas of the track. On one corner I was missing some confidence and unfortunately that was on the run back to the pits. That was slowing me up into where I was good in the next part of the track. It was a difficult race like that but I was just getting settled down and really understanding where everyone was good. I was not necessarily thinking about the pass into the final chicane but unfortunately when I braked and went to backshift, I missed the initial backshift, which meant the engine was quite free. I just tried to get it stopped and get the gear selected. Any other day I would have been OK but unfortunately because we have had some bad track conditions it was really, really dirty and I lost the front. That was a small mistake on my behalf but it was unfortunate that we had such a dirty track off line. That is the way racing goes and there are positives to take from it as we were strong in some areas.”

Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) placed his privateer Ninja ZX-10R into a strong ninth place while substitute pilot Lucas Mahias (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was tenth, scoring six points as he rode in place of the injured Sylvain Barrier. Josh Hook (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) just missed a point by one position, finishing in 16th place.


Maiden WorldSBK podium for Hayden as van der Mark tumbles in a spectacular race one

Round 4 – The Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

Nicky Hayden claimed his maiden WorldSBK podium finish today at the TT Circuit Assen. The 34-year-old American was third at the chequered flag at the end of an enthralling, 21-lap opening race one in the Netherlands. It was a bittersweet encounter for the Honda WorldSBK Team, though, as Michael van der Mark crashed out of second position into turn three on the penultimate lap, after an incredible on-track performance for the local rider.

Hayden got a perfect launch from tenth place on the grid and was sixth in the early stages of the race, before running comfortably in the tightly packed top four. On the penultimate lap, he moved up to third after van der Mark’s tumble and, after a moment at turn five, he decided to back off from chasing the leading duo and settled for third, which resulted in his first podium finish since the Jerez MotoGP race of 2011.

Despite a disappointing end to the race, Michael van der Mark once again showed all his talent on board the Honda WorldSBK Team’s CBR1000RR Fireblade SP as the 23-year-old battled hard with the leaders and even got his turn at the front, sending the home crowd into raptures. He was riding in second place on lap 20 of 21, when he lost the front. When he made his way back to the pit-box, a standing ovation was in store for him from his proud fans.

Race two of the Dutch round will take place tomorrow from 1pm local time (GMT +2).

Nicky Hayden 69

3rd

The start of the race was really intense, because we had such little dry track-time – basically two laps on race tyres in Superpole 2 – and so we didn’t know what to expect. I got a great start and was able to stay with the leading group of riders, although they were quite fast and every time I tried to relax, I could see a little gap opening in front of me. Towards the end, I started to feel more comfortable with the bike and conditions, so I thought I could find something extra in the final two laps. Just after Michael’s crash I had a moment at turn five, so I thought it was better to ride home in third. It’s my maiden WorldSBK podium and the first one in a long time, so I want to thank the team for the great work. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can put up a better fight.

Michael van der Mark 60

DNF

In Superpole it was all a bit of a gamble, really, but I felt fine on the bike even though the wind was really strong and made our job a bit more difficult. The laps I did with the race tyres were OK and with the qualifying rubber I made a mistake and lost a bit of time, but fifth was still a decent result. My race start was not the best and I stayed calm in the first couple of laps, then I built up some good speed and had a nice battle at the front with Chaz Davies and especially with Jonathan Rea. I felt I was much quicker in some areas but I was also losing a bit of ground at the exit of turn 5. I knew I had the pace to at least be on the podium but I wanted to win, so I was planning to attack at some point in the last two laps. Unfortunately I lost the front at turn 3 and that was a real shame, because the podium was there. We know what to change for tomorrow and hopefully we can make up what we lost today.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

We entered the race with a lot of unknowns, as we barely had any dry time to find a base setup ahead of the race. We knew Michael was going to be competitive because even last year he could battle at the front, while with Nicky we had to wait and see. Both did a brilliant job to get away with the leading group in the early stages. Nicky rode a great race and we are delighted that he was able to get his first WorldSBK podium. This is a great boost in confidence for him and I’m sure he will try to go for it again tomorrow. Michael’s race was incredible and I’m sure very spectacular to watch from the grandstands but unfortunately it translated into a DNF. He wanted the win and went for it but it just wasn’t his day. We have some areas where we need some more work and if we manage to find some extra acceleration out of the slow corners, I think we’ll be in a position for a great result in race two.


Second place for Chaz Davies in Race 1 in Assen, Davide Giugliano retired

Race One in Assen ended in a bittersweet way for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team. While Chaz Davies took second place after a long, thrilling battle with championship leader Rea, Davide Giugliano retired.

Starting from third and sixth position respectively after lapping in dry conditions for the first time in Superpole, both Giugliano and Davies were quick off the blocks, joining the front just behind the factory Kawasakis. Davies then rapidly climbed the rankings, posting the fastest lap with a 1:36.486 in lap 2 and taking the lead shortly after. Giugliano, on the other hand, did not find an optimal feeling, progressively losing ground and eventually opting for a pit-stop, only to retire with five laps to go.

Davies, who was leading until four laps to go, was hindered by front-tyre wear and could not try a decisive maneuver during the last lap. Thanks to his fifth podium finish in 2016, the Welshman consolidated his second position in the general standings (125 points), where Giugliano currently sits in seventh position (56 points). Race 2 is scheduled for 13:00 CET.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 2nd

“Today the track didn’t have much rubber on it because of the rain and, while we were clearly competitive, we had to deal with front-tyre consumption even without pushing too hard during the race. I tried to set the pace and stay clear of the fight going on behind me, but the wind made things more complicated. It was easier to follow than to lead, and I realized that only in the last laps. I gave everything to take the win, but in turn 1 during the last lap I almost lost the front and then I couldn't try another pass. We’ll have another go at it tomorrow.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) – DNF

“It’s hard to describe today’s race. This morning in FP3 we were fastest in the wet, but even in dry conditions during Superpole we were quite competitive and took a first row that could have been decisive for the race. Unfortunately, I struggled since the early laps and opted to pit-in, but even after changing tyres things didn’t get better. I’m disappointed, but I’ll analyze the data together with my crew to fully understand our issues and take advantage of our true potential tomorrow.”

Ernesto Marinelli – Superbike Project Director

“Chaz had a fantastic race, he tried to win until the very end, but when he realized the risks were too many he showed great clarity and settled for a second place that could be crucial in the long term. Anyway, we confirmed the value of the latest technical upgrades brought for the Panigale R and tomorrow we’ll try to seal the deal and do one better. I’m very sorry for Davide’s race, and I’m confident tomorrow will be a better day.”


Weather Lottery Leads to Untapped Potential for Pata Yamaha at Assen

Race

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK riders Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli were left rueing the changeable conditions at the Assen TT Circuit today after Friday's heavy rain and this morning's wet track made way for dry and therefore unknown conditions in race one. Lowes concluded the opening battle in eighth position but his teammate suffered an unfortunate crash, falling at turn three on the fifth lap.

An accident in qualifying had left Lowes determined for a good start from 12th position as the lights went out for Saturday's race. Immediately picking his way through the pack, the British rider advanced his YZF-R1 to seventh by the second lap and took a further two positions by the race's half-distance. The last third of the contest saw Lowes' pace slow as he battled the circuit's low-grip and tricky conditions, choosing to secure a points-scoring-finish rather than chance another fall by pushing beyond the limits. Eight championship points promotes Lowes to 11th in the rider standings and hungry for more in tomorrow's second 21-lap battle.

Guintoli started the day in fine form, making the most of the 'green' circuit during the Superpole session by securing second position and a front row start with his 1.36.073 lap time, despite his YZF-R1 never having turned a wheel on the Dutch surface in the dry until the session began. Looking to capitalise on his continuing run of strong qualifying performances, the Frenchman began the weekend's first race firmly in the front group, running fourth for the initial laps. The difficult combination of strong winds and low-grip surface, however, caught the Yamaha rider out and his race ended prematurely. Guintoli returns to the Assen TT Circuit tomorrow for the weekend's second race at 13:00 local time.

Alex Lowes

Race: 8th / +29.893 / 21 laps. Championship: 11th / 35 points

"We were on the back foot today as we have no data to work from here at Assen in the dry, having only had wet practice for most of the weekend. Obviously the Yamaha YZF-R1 has raced here in the past, but not in WorldSBK-spec and with these electronics, so to start the race with just two laps worth of data was always a bit of a risk. I felt good at the start and made really good progress in the early laps but then I started to really struggle with front grip. I really hope we can make a good step for tomorrow because honestly I'm disappointed with the result as we have been strong all weekend despite the difficult conditions."

Sylvain Guintoli

Race: DNF. Championship: 8th / 53 points

"I'm obviously disappointed with the results from the first race, I was pushing really hard to be with the front group - and actually on my last lap we were catching Jonathan and Tom. The wind was really strong, especially in turn three and it was picking the bike up, I went in a little bit faster than I had on the previous lap and lost the front very, very early. I was trying and it didn't happen this time but we will keep pushing and keep trying because we want to be in the front group. We have qualified well and we want to run in the front to learn as much as possible to aid the progression. Unfortunately these things happen in racing so we will just try again tomorrow."

Paul Denning – Team Principal

"A great qualifying lap from Sylvain today but unfortunately his crash in the early stages of the first race leaves us questioning whether we could have made the progress we require over race distance compared to Aragón or not. He is fine, so let's try again tomorrow!

"Alex made a great start from 12th on the grid after his qualifying accident and did a great job to get up to the top-six group so quickly, but after just a few laps he began to suffer from a lack of confidence in front grip and the overall stability of the machine - and took the choice to bring it home at a steady pace that allowed him to finish.

"We are suffering from a lack of experience and a lack of data at each new track that we go to, and obviously the weather yesterday meant that qualifying was our first dry running. Today's result means that we have to make some changes for tomorrow's race, assuming it's dry, and do our best to take a step forward."


Assen Round, Difficult Superpoles for the Iodaracing Riders

Assen, April 16, 2016 - The two qualifying sessions at Assen, have not reserved satisfaction for the two Iodaracing riders Alex De Angelis and Lorenzo Salvadori.

Thanks to the continuous changes of the weather, the sun came back to appear at Assen for Superpole 1, after forcing all drivers to make the morning warm-up in wet conditions. In the first Superpole, Alex De Angelis started to look for a place in the second Superpole, but he could not finish the transition to SP2, closing his qualifications with the sixteenth time in 1.39.327.

In SP2, however, a technical problem has upset the Lorenzo Savadori plans who failed to take advantage of the available time to perform the first of two runs required in the session. The reigning Stock 1000 Champ, not having ever tested in the weekend his Aprilia RSV4 RF in dry conditions, could not do better than the eleventh time in 1.37.587.

ALEX DE ANGELIS # 15 - SP1 - 1.39.327 - 16 ° - "It was a very complicated Qualification for us who are new. Getting ready way in dry configuration has definitely helped us. Among other things this morning I was really strong in the wet . Later for race 1 I will start far behind and I will try as usual to make a comeback race, although at this time I don't like the set up of the bike for the dry that are not not performing as well as I was in the wet. Now we look at the data to find some last-minute solution. "

LORENZO SAVADORI # 32 - SP2 - 1.37.587 - 11 ° - "It 'was a turn a bit' difficult because I had just entered a small problem with the brakes for which I returned immediately to the pits losing time. We only had 15 minutes to go and I could not do two laps before you put the qualifying tire. I did only one input and then are returned, then the second exit was doing a good lap from the second row, but I lost time in the last T, because I had never done that piece in the dry circuit. Now the important thing will be put in place for the race. "


Assen Round Race1, Sixth place for Savadori, points for De Angelis

Assen, April 16, 2016 - The first race of the weekend at Assen ended with a sixth place for Lorenzo Savadori and a twelfth place for Alex De Angelis. The two Iodaracing riders started respectively the fourth and the sixth row of the grid, have faced Race 1 at Assen with a few kilometers of experience in the dry after trying Friday and also on Saturday morning in the warm up the wet.

That of Lorenzo Savadori was an aggressive race. The reigning Stock 1000 Champion, which last year had imposed on the difficult circuit of Assen in the race, he made a good start from the fourth row now struggling with the front group. As the pace rose, Lorenzo remained busy with Sam Lowes, Leon Camier and with the two BMW riders, Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger. At the end of the 21 laps of Race 1, Savadori managed to get the better of Lowes and Reiterberger, finishing behind Camier and Torres in his group, in sixth place.

It was not the perfect race, in Assen for Alex De Angelis. The San Marino rider has tried to stay in the race despite his Aprilia RSV4 RF was difficult to drive because of the constant wheeling that did not allow him to drive on Aragon rhythms. De Angelis had had the same difficulties in SP1, but the changes made for the race, obviously have not improved the situation, allowing the rider Iodaracing to console himself with the points of the twelfth place, but with an important gap to the front.

LORENZO SAVADORI - # 32 - ASSEN RACE 1 - SIXTH - "It 'was a good race. Just a shame because in the first few laps I could stay with the first and it seemed that I could keep up. We suffer a little after the middle of the race because we cannot keep the pace, on this issue we have yet to understand the reasons, once done we can do even better. I'm pleased how the race went because we made the free practice in wet conditions and the Superpole with some problems that have limited us and also a dry race. Then I wasn't able to close the gap from the first 'cause I lost seven seconds in two laps for some small problems, but we're getting closer and closer. I want to thank the team and Aprilia Racing for the progress we are making. "

ALEX DE ANGELIS #15 - ASSEN RACE 1 - TWELFTH - "As in qualifying the set up of my bike was completely divergent from a likely good race. The problem now is to understand the reasons and try to erase this issue for Race 2 tomorrow. The strange thing is that we started from the set up base developed in Aragon, making only few changes, in spite of this the gap in Race 1 is very different and worse than the last race. The bike was difficult to drive and one of the major flaws was wobbling that opened the front brake calipers -I remained without brakes and this happened at least once per lap. Now we will try to compare data, first of all between me and Savadori, that his gap was better than mine and then we will have to look if there is any value out of the ordinary, especially now that we have more data available. The points made with the twelfth make little consolation however, because the drivers with whom I had come to Aragon, this time were much more forward. "


The Assen TT Circuit gives Torres and the Althea BMW Racing Team another fifth place finish

Assen (The Netherlands), Saturday 16 April 2016

At the historic Assen TT Circuit, in very cold but dry conditions, the riders of the Althea BMW Racing team closed this first of the weekend’s races in fifth (Jordi Torres) and seventh (Markus Reiterberger) place. Raffaele De Rosa qualifies third for tomorrow’s Stock1000 race.

Superpole 1: The two riders completed a couple of laps each to understand the track conditions before making a brief pit-stop to change the tyres. Back on track, it was in the final minutes of the phase that the Althea BMW pair really showed their grit, pushing hard to record the two fastest times of the session overall. Battling it out with each other for the top spot, it was Markus who closed in front thanks to a time of 1’37.688, followed by Jordi, with a best of 1’38.043. Both Althea BMW men thus earned a place in Superpole 2.

Superpole 2: Improving on his time lap after lap, Markus was lying fourth at mid-session, Jordi tenth. With both able to take another step in the final stages, Reiterberger set a best of 1'37.300 and Torres 1’37.413, qualifying seventh and ninth respectively for the two Superbike races.

SBK - Race 1: from seventh on the grid, Reiterberger got caught up in traffic at the first turn and was in twelfth at the end of lap one, preceded by his team-mate Torres in tenth. Lapping with very similar lap times to each other, both were able to make up some ground to place eighth and ninth on lap six. The two BMW S 1000 R machines battled it out in a small group together with Camier, all separated by just a couple of tenths. The Althea BMW riders' pace remained quick right to the end, allowing them to make up further place in the final stages to cross the line in fifth place, in Torres' case, and seventh for Reiterberger.

STK1000 - qualifying: a 30-minute qualifying session that was interrupted not once but twice by red flags, after a couple of serious crashes for other riders. After a first, rather difficult day in the wet, Raffaele De Rosa bounced back today, more comfortable in the now dry conditions. The Italian continued to improve on his times throughout the session, maintaining a place at the top of the timesheets for the duration. Thanks to a best time of 1’38.788, obtained in the final stages, Althea BMW rider De Rosa will line up third on the grid for tomorrow's Stock1000 race, still only the second race of the 2016 season.

Jordi Torres

“Today we did FP3 in the wet and then the race in the dry, so it was a little complicated. Superpole 1 went well, in that we closed 1-2 but unfortunately, I’m not the best when it comes to the flying lap and I finished SP2 in ninth place. After Superpole, we continued to work to identify a set-up that would better conserve the tyres in the race. I had a lot of fun racing with Markus and Camier today. I think we managed our race well, using our heads and not pushing too hard early on which would have ruined the tyres. I'm only disappointed that I couldn't stick with Camier at the end but there's always tomorrow!"

Markus Reiterberger

“My start was not so bad, but I had a few problems through the first corner, getting blocked in and losing a lot of positions. From then on though my pace was OK, and I was able to fight for fifth with Jordi and Camier. I had a lot of fun. Then I made a small mistake, and was a little late on the brakes, almost colliding with Savadori ahead of me and losing a lot of time as a result, so in the end I finished seventh. I know we can do better though, and tomorrow I hope we can improve further.”

Raffaele De Rosa

“My feeling today was a lot better than it was in yesterday's wet conditions. The qualifying wasn't easy as it was interrupted by two red flags - I hope the riders aren't badly hurt of course. It was our first and only session in the dry, but as far as our pace is concerned I think we're in a good position."


WorldSSP: Krummenacher on pole, Stapleford triumphs

Rainy Friday rolls the dice in Supersport Tissot-Superpole 2

Championship leader Randy Krummenacher topped WorldSSP Tissot-Superpole at Assen to go fastest, ahead of new team Profile Racing’s Luke Stapleford on his Triumph Daytona 675 and fellow Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Kenan Sofuoglu. Anthony West, one of the fastest on Friday, was sadly declared unfit to race after a late crash in FP2.

After Friday track time was affected by the weather, key Championship players Randy Krummenacher, the current leader, and Jules Cluzel, a consistent title challenger, both found themselves outside Superpole 2 as WorldSSP had its first wet sessions of the year. Both riders also suffered crashes in the difficult conditions. As Saturday dawned with a drying track, Superpole 1 got underway with Krummenacher and Cluzel set to graduate to the second session, until the Frenchman suffered another highside on his MV Agusta and missed out marginally, with a new competitor taking the top spot, ahead even of Krummenacher.

The second session saw the timesheets topped for the majority of the session by the new Triumph, the bike taken by rider Luke Stapleford to the British crown last year, until on his final fast lap, Kawasaki rider Krummenacher pulled out just under two tenths to take pole position and ensure his venture through Superpole 1 did nothing to affect his title challenge. The two fastest riders on the grid both graduated from the Superpole 1 session.

Reigning Champion Sofuoglu gets another front row start to keep clawing back the points gap to his teammate, and Honda’s PJ Jacobsen starts from just behind the incumbent title holder at the front of the second row, a good position from which to put the disappointments of MotorLand behind him.

With Cluzel in P13, the Frenchman will be hoping to get a good start and catch his fellow title contenders as quickly as possible as the lights go out on Sunday at 11:20 local time (GMT +2) for another Supersport showdown. Make sure to follow all the action from the WorldSSP race on WorldSBK.com, and keep up to date by connecting with WorldSBK on social media at the links below.


First Superpole Success For Krummenacher With Sofuoglu Third On The Grid

2016 FIM Supersport World Championship leader Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had to get through Superpole 1 to even start Superpole 2 but he used his experience of a dry track surface to help him win his first Superpole contest since joining WorldSSP at the start of the year. Four-time world champion Kenan Sofuoglu was third quickest on his officially entered Ninja ZX-6R.

With both Friday sessions proving to be wet for the massed ranks of the WorldSSP riders, Sofuoglu was in second place but Krummenacher was 16th after day one. Randy recovered pace in morning warm-up today even as the track was not in perfect condition.

Having to complete Superpole 1, which saw him fast enough to join Superpole 2, Krummenacher used his dry track experience to set the fastest lap of all and win his maiden Superpole.

Kenan, who had qualified straight into Superpole 2, had no experience of a fully dry track surface to evaluate his final set-up. Because of this he found a less than perfect suspension set-up at the beginning of his final push to earn a good starting position. He still took the last place on the front row in some style and like his team-mate Krummenacher will now start the race from a strong position.

The WorldSSP race will take place at 11.20 on Sunday 17th April, over 18 laps.

Randy Krummenacher stated: “It was awesome today. I had the 15 minutes more in Superpole 1 so I could already make some adjustments on the bike. The final adjustment was really good because we had a better corner exit. I really used it after the first sector. I knew that final lap was going to be my lap. I am very happy to finally have my Superpole winner’s watch.”

Kenan Sofuoglu stated: “The two guys in first and second came to Superpole 2 from Superpole 1 so they made some extra laps and they could set their bikes set up a little bit. When I went to the track with new suspension settings for the dry I had a bit of a surprise but we still managed to make it onto the first row, which is always important. The team is working well but in the dry we will have to improve our set-up. If it is wet for the race we should be one of the fastest. I am just waiting for tomorrow, hoping for good weather so we can fight to win the race.”

Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) was sixth in Superpole 2, for a second row start. ESS rider Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki) placed 11th. Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki), another ESS part-time championship competitor, was 16th with series regular Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN Kawasaki) 18th.


Fourth place on the grid for Jacobsen after Dutch WorldSSP Superpole

Round 4 – The Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands

Patrick ‘PJ’ Jacobsen will start the fourth-round World Supersport race at Assen’s TT Circuit from the second row on the grid, as the Honda WorldSSP rider finished today’s Superpole in fourth position. This is the third consecutive time that the 22-year-old has claimed the front slot of row 2, as he did the same both in Thailand and Spain.

Like all the other riders who were automatically seeded to Superpole 2 after yesterday’s two free practice sessions, Jacobsen had to quickly adapt to the dry conditions of the 4.542km track, which he had not encountered before during this weekend. Lap after lap, the American built up great speed aboard his Honda CBR600RR and, in his final attempt before the chequered flag, he logged a 1’40.165 that allowed him to retake that fourth place he had lost moments before. Pole position and second were in fact taken by the two riders who had to make their way through the first Superpole session.

The fourth race of the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship is scheduled to commence tomorrow at 11:20 local time (GMT+2).

Patrick Jacobsen 2

4th / 1'40.165

I can’t say I’m completely happy with fourth place on the grid, but I guess tomorrow’s result is what counts the most. It seems like we couldn’t put together the best of laps for some reason today, but we also had to use part of Superpole 2 to evaluate the bike settings, as we had no dry track-time prior to then. The first two on the grid had a bit of a head start as they took part in Superpole 1, too. Regarding tomorrow, in the wet we have a great pace but we can defend ourselves well also in the dry. Whatever the weather will be like, I’m sure we’ll be ready to challenge for honours.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

We tried a new setup for the Honda CBR600RR in Superpole as it was the first dry session of the weekend, so we didn’t fully know what to expect. Things went quite good, although we were losing a bit too much time in sector three. PJ got into a good rhythm and in the end he was fourth, so all in all not a bad performance ahead of tomorrow. We will try some more changes in the warm up in order to be fully ready to race.



Sixth on the grid for Smith at Assen

Sat, 16 Apr 2016

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith qualified 6th in Superpole 2 at TT Circuit Assen in what was his first dry session of the weekend. Kyle had begun the day in 2nd position during the wet Free Practice 3 but the track conditions changed dramatically before World Supersport Superpole began giving him little or no dry set up time.

Kyle said: “It’s been a different day, I think we have gone into qualifying a bit blind as it’s been wet all weekend and now it’s dry. I think some teams have data from last year but for us this is completely new. P6 is a good place on the grid for the race. We will have to see what the weather does tomorrow but I’m feeling good and confident.”

Hikari Okubo went from learning a new circuit in the wet to only 15 minutes of dry track time in Superpole 1 qualifying 27th on the grid. Similarly Christoffer Bergman and Stefan Hill, although familiar with the circuit, had only one dry session in which to make changes, qualifying 25th and 29th respectively.

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster said: “I am happy with Kyle’s 6th position. We have a great wet set-up here but we’re back without the previous data and had only 15 minutes dry track time. We will analyse the data and make improvements so that Kyle will be in a confident position for the race, challenging right at the front like he has been all weekend. It was always going to be a challenge for Hikari, Stefan and Christoffer but we will make any necessary changes for warm up tomorrow after looking at the data with their Crew Chiefs. All three will be looking to make a strong challenge to score points in the race.”


Supersport - At Assen San Carlo Team Italia thinks about the race

Alessandro Zaccone and Axel Bassani, respectively 2nd and 4th in the European standings, got he 6th and 14th time in Superpole-1.

The rain has spared the riders of FIM Europe Supersport Cup and Supersport World Championship during the Superpole at the TT Circuit Assen. With dry track, San Carlo Team Italia got the 2nd and 4th place in the European standings with Alessandro Zaccone and Axel Bassani, 6th and 14th in Superpole-1. Ahead of everyone else, with a brilliant 1'39"300, Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) got his first pole position ever in World Supersport.

Sixteenth overall, Alessandro Zaccone was the best rider of FIM Europe Supersport Cup in Superpole-1, where he got the 6th time in 1'41"816 and he's ready to do his best from the very beginning of the race, that will start from 11:20 tomorrow, in order to defend the leadership of the championship that he conquered with the victory at the MotorLand Aragón of Alcañiz.

Up-and-down day for Axel Bassani, who did well in the 15 minutes of FP3 (10th overall and leader of ESS) but author of a bad crash, fortunately without consequences, during Superpole-1, finishing in 1'42"735, 4th of the European standings and 24th in Supersport World Championship.

Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #61) 1'41"816

2nd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 16th FIM Supersport World Championship

"Finally we've had a dry session and we have done better than in wet conditions. Shame for the last lap, maybe we would have had the possibility to be in Superpole-2, but I was stuck in the traffic that didn't allow me to improve further my lap time. Anyway we are quite fine for the set-up in dry conditions, we just have to work on some details. We keep focusing and we are ready for an attack race tomorrow!."

Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #47) 1'42"735

4th FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 24th FIM Supersport World Championship

"I have immediately had a good feeling with the bike on dry track. The start of Superpole was not bad, but unfortunately in the big corner, I did the wrong trajectory, lost the front and crashed. We expect to do a comeback race, but I am fine with dry conditions and I am ready to give my best to recover positions."

Cristiano Migliorati

"In dry conditions we did better than in wet, but we can still improve. With Zaccone we will start from the fifth row after the fourth of Aragón, so we have a real chance, if the sun shines during the race, to reach an ambitious result in the European standings. If it rains, we still have something to fix, we'll see tomorrow morning: we can still use the 15 minutes of Warm Up if we need it."

Stefano Cruciani

"Unfortunately on the third lap Axel crashed: he did the wrong trajectory, passed on the synthetic grass, he lost the front and he crashed. It's a shame because he was doing well and also his position was not bad, he had the possibility to do some laps on dry track for the first time his weekend. Anyway it's just useful experience, we will work in the next hours to fix the bike and to be ready for the race of tomorrow."


Assen Day 2: Words and Pictures

P1 - Jonathan Rea - @jonathanrea

Kawasaki Racing Team - @KRT_WorldSBK

"The front group was good, because it was four guys and some typical Assen racing. I put my head down with a few laps to go. I mean Chaz (Davies) did a great job at the start because it is really hard to lead here with the wind. When I hit the front it was hard. I’m so, so happy because I feel like we’ve been on the back foot now since Aragon and even the start of the season. So to score 25 points here is great. I want to thank all the Dutch fans because they give me a great reception when I come here every year. Thanks also to my team for the hard work and for keeping my spirits up, because honestly after Aragon we felt a bit deep in the sea and now we feel like our heads are above water."

P2 - Chaz Davies - @chazdavies

Aruba.it Racing - Ducati - @ArubaRacing

“I finished the front tyre with about five laps to go. I was pushing and trying to manage it the best I could whilst I was leading and obviously Michael (van der Mark) hit the front, then Jonny (Rea) repassed him and I was prepared to get stuck in, but on the first corner of the last lap I tucked the front big time. I am so lucky to be standing here really, it just went and went and went, for what felt like a second and the bike gripped and then came back. At that point I just didn’t have a front tyre to attack in the last laps. But it’s 20 points and not so bad.”

P3 - Nicky Hayden @NickyHayden

Honda World Superbike Team - @HondaWSBK

“It was a really fun race. It was really going into the unknown, we just had a couple of laps in the dry in qualifying. It was pretty intense off the grid but I got a great start and I was able to hang there. The other guys were a bit quicker than me but I thought maybe I was going to have something left at the end. Then Michael (van der Mark) crashed and I thought, you know what I should just take this podium, get these points, put them on the board and learn from it and hopefully put up a better fight tomorrow."

DNF - Michael van der Mark - @mickeyvdmark

Honda World Superbike Team - @HondaWSBK

“It was a really disappointing end of the day but it was a really exciting race. Superpole was the first time on track in dry conditions and for the race it was just a gamble for everybody! We had such a nice fight with Tom, Jonathan and Chaz. I knew I had good pace but I just couldn’t pass them for the lead. When I finally passed Jonathan I made a small mistake so he passed me back again. I knew I could have him in the last sector and I saw my chance to win the race but I had a little moment out of T2, hit the brake into T3 and then lost it. I’ve never felt so disappointed, but to come back after the race and hear everyone cheering for me is really motivating for tomorrow.”

DNF - Tom Sykes @TheRealTomSykes

Kawasaki Racing Team - @KRT_WorldSBK

“We were so fast in Superpole and I was just trying to settle into a rhythm at the start of the race. Chaz came past and was strong but there was a moment where I was trying to get to the front just to try something different but I never got that far. I made a small mistake, it was my own fault. Coming into the last chicane I just missed my initial backshift so I went into the corner a bit too fast and a bit too free on the engine so unfortunately with the track the way it is, it was quite dirty so I lost the front. I know what the bike was doing and I know where we need to improve, there’s the chance to also use a different selection of front and rear tyres so there’s a lot of information and we’ve got a small session in the morning if it’s dry to check. I think we’re prepared and we can still race tomorrow like nothing happened.”

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2016

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