Sykes Takes Assen Superpole
ASSEN, Netherlands – Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was over a second faster than any of his rivals in a Tissot-Superpole contest run under ‘wet’ conditions. The wet Superpole rules dictated that there were two twenty-minute sessions only, not the usual three, with the top eight riders only from Superpole 1 moving on to Superpole 2.
Despite being declared wet, the track surface during the second session in particular was almost completely dry, allowing Sykes to get to within less than half-a-second of the track best. This was his third Superpole win in succession this season.
Second fastest overall was the Honda of Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) from Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing – Team Effenbert) and Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert – Liberty Ducati).
World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was fifth fastest, with the first BMW rider, Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Team Italia Gold Bet) in sixth. BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Leon Haslam was seventh, Crescent FIXI Suzuki rider John Hopkins placed eighth, with Hopkins now the last rider on the second row of the grid.
1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 01:35.4
2 Jonathan Rea Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 01:36.4
3 Jakub Smrz Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 01:36.6
4 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 01:36.9
5 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 01:37.2
6 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 01:37.3
7 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 01:37.6
8 John Hopkins Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:37.9