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

Yukio Kagayama, Max Biaggi, Johnny Rea, Regis Laconi, Karl Muggeridge, Shane Byrne, Troy Corser and Ryuichi Kiyonari were knocked out. Kagayama was out despite having a time fast enough to have broken Troy Bayliss' pole record from last year. Johnny Rea had a bad start to the session, a technical problem leaving him stranded, but luckily not far from the pits.

Ben Spies was once again fastest, with a lap of 1'37.715, 6/10ths under the pole record. Jakub Smrz confirmed his talent by setting the 2nd fastest time, while Max Neukirchner was third quickest.

Superpole 3

Ben Spies took his fourth pole position in a row, smashing the existing pole record by 7/10ths of a second. The American rookie put in two astonishing laps in a row, hitting 1'37.6 on both of them. This performance was good enough to secure Spies his fourth pole in a row, achieving a feat no one has ever done before in World Superbikes, and earning him the soubriquet of The New Mr Superpole.

But Spies had his work cut out for him, as a storming Jakub Smrz had pressed his Guandalini Ducati to a time of 1'37.765, after breaking into 1'37s on the previous lap. Smrz said afterwards that the team had made a lot of changes before the race, which he wasn't happy about, but his crew had done a great job to get the bike perfect for Superpole. Smrz has been fast in qualifying, but unable to hold onto that speed in the race. But Smrz added, "We made a lot of laps with a race tire, and also after a few laps the lap times were good. For now the bike is perfect in the way of race setup."

Third fastest was Leon Haslam on the Stiggy Racing Honda. The team suffered a serious blow on Friday, when John Hopkins dislocated his hip in a big crash, and Haslam was happy to be able to put that right. The British rider also thanked the fans for coming in their droves over to Holland to support him. "I saw a lot of British flags out there, so hopefully I can do them proud tomorrow."

Completing the front row is Noriyuki Haga. The Xerox Ducati star told the press conference that the team had been having problems with grip from the harder rear tire all weekend, and had still not completely solved the issue. But Haga was confident they would find solutions to the problem in the warm up tomorrow morning. "Sunny, rainy, we're ready for tomorrow," Haga said.

Full result of the three sessions of Superpole:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
Top 8 after Superpole 3
1 19 B. Spies Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.626  
2 96 J. Smrz Ducati 1098R 1'37.765 0.139
3 91 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.072 0.446
4 41 N. Haga Ducati 1098R 1'38.202 0.576
5 84 M. Fabrizio Ducati 1098R 1'38.215 0.589
6 76 M. Neukirchner Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.353 0.727
7 7 C. Checa Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.640 1.014
8 66 T. Sykes Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.790 1.164
Out after Superpole 2
9 71 Y. Kagayama Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.288 0.573
10 3 M. Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.441 0.726
11 65 J. Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.510 0.795
12 55 R. Laconi Ducati 1098R 1'38.521 0.806
13 31 K. Muggeridge Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'38.802 1.087
14 67 S. Byrne Ducati 1098R 1'38.811 1.096
15 11 T. Corser BMW S1000 RR 1'38.906 1.191
16 9 R. Kiyonari Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.079 1.364
Out after Superpole 1
17 33 T. Hill Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.387 1.441
18 24 B. Roberts Ducati 1098R 1'39.390 1.444
19 56 S. Nakano Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.569 1.623
20 111 R. Xaus BMW S1000 RR 1'39.643 1.697


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