2012 WSBK Assen Superpole: Wet superpole.

Wet Superpole rules were in place, meaning all 16 qualifying riders were on track at the same time with half being cut at the end of the first of two 20-minute sessions.


Session one: Leon Camier missed the beginning, being a victim of the single bike rule as he wrote off his Suzuki earlier today. Guintoli, Hopkins, Checa and Haslam all sneaked in fast times after late rain slowed down the early action. Badovini crashed, taking Berger out with him, ending both of their challenges.

The second session was much dryer. Rea and Smrz put in fast early laps, but Sykes took his usual place at the top after 5 minutes. After 10 minutes, everyone put qualifiers on and headed out. Again, the only person capable of beating Sykes's early pole time was Tom Sykes himself with a 1'35.399, knocking over a second off his previous fastest lap.

While Jonathan Rea was able to improve a little, Sykes was still over a second faster and secured his third pole position in a row. No other rider has managed to take pole position ahead of the Kawasaki man this year.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.399  
2 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.432 1.033
3 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'36.698 1.299
4 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'37.076 1.677
5 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'37.156 1.757
6 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'37.311 1.912
7 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'37.592 2.193
8 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.913 2.514
9 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'40.516 2.438
10 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.523 2.445
11 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.627 2.549
12 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.681 2.603
13 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'41.962 3.884
14 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.947 5.869
15 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'44.022 5.944
16 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'44.500 6.422
17 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.231 2.631
18 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'40.859 3.259
19 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'41.161 3.561
20 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.693 4.093
21 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.768 4.168
22 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'43.144 5.544
NQ 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'50.808 13.208


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Im just happy Brett McCormick is starting to shine, 13th place at assen on his first visit!

Let's be honest, though. McCormick lucked into that 13th place. Dodgy conditions meant riders like Biaggi couldn't get into Superpole and the three riders behind him all crashed out before registering good times. 

Don't get me wrong, I think he's got potential, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. smiley

The truth is, Brett earned that position. All riders had the same dodgy conditions to deal with. He made superpole in the same dodgy conditions that Max didn't. I know Max is a superior rider, but on this day Brett out paced him and stayed upright where others couldn't.

I used to get that argument back when I raced as an amateur

" the only reason you got on the podium in the rain was because the faster guys crashed "

IMO the track was just as dicey for me as it was for them, I just took advantage of the conditions better. "To finish first, first you must finish " is what a guy told me at the track a long time ago.

Biaggi in such a low position is an anomaly agreed, but the record books show 13th position for a guy who was tending bar during the winter and had no superbike testing and hadnt seen Assen before,

thats impressive no matter how you look at it

Sykes a second ahead, holy crap that's impressive! Great work!