Baz Beats The Rain To Claim Assen SBK Pole


Loris Baz set the fastest ever World Superbike lap of Assen to claim pole position for tomorrow’s races in the Netherlands. The Kawasaki rider set the blistering lap moments before rain began to fall, preventing any riders from challenging him and the Frenchman will lead Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes on the front row tomorrow.

Baz looked a threat for pole right from the start of SP2, setting a 1:35.165 on his opening lap, but Guintoli responded with the first sub-1:35 lap despite being held up in the final sector by Toni Elias’ Red Devils Aprilia. After a tyre change in the pits, Baz returned to the track and promptly put pole position well out of Sylvain’s reach with a 1:34.357 and even if the Aprilia rider had enough in hand for a fightback, the weather put paid to that.

Tom Sykes will have been particularly frustrated by the shower in the closing minutes with his early lap only good enough for third, a second down on his teammate, although Marco Melandri will have breathed a sigh of relief to qualify fourth having had to negotiate SP1 early in the afternoon.

Jonathan Rea starts fifth ahead of Davide Giugliano who was also left to curse the weather after being the fastest rider of all in free practice. Niccolo Canepa will be the leading EVO rider on tomorrow’s grid in seventh with both Aprilias for company on row three, Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes qualifying eighth and ninth respectively while Toni Elias pipped Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies for the final place in the top ten.

 

2014 eni SUPERBIKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 3 – ASSEN
TISSOT SUPERPOLE RESULT
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  LORIS BAZ KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:34.357
2  SYLVAIN GUINTOLI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:34.845
3  TOM SYKES KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:35.311
4  MARCO MELANDRI APRILIA APRILIA RACING TEAM 1:35.333
5  JONATHAN REA HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:35.361
6  DAVIDE GIUGLIANO DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:35.476
7  NICCOLO CANEPA DUCATI ALTHEA RACING 1:35.500
8  EUGENE LAVERTY SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:35.646
9  ALEX LOWES SUZUKI VOLTCOM CRESCENT SUZUKI 1:35.684
10  TONI ELIAS APRILIA RED DEVILS ROMA 1:36.203
11  LEON HASLAM HONDA PATA HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE 1:36.284
12  CHAZ DAVIES DUCATI DUCATI SUPERBIKE TEAM 1:36.288
ELIMINATED IN SUPERPOLE 1
13  LEON CAMIER BMW BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SBK 1:36.434
14  AYRTON BADOVINI BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:35.547
15  DAVID SALOM KAWASAKI KAWASAKI RACING TEAM 1:36.749
16  CHRISTIAN IDDON BIMOTA TEAM ALSTARE 1:36.772
17  CLAUDIO CORTI MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA RC-YAKHNICH MOTORSPORT 1:36.888
18  JEREMY GUARNONI KAWASAKI MRS KAWASAKI 1:37.141
19  SHERIDAN MORAIS KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:37.280
20  LUCA SCASSA KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:37.343
FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR SUPERPOLE 1
21  MICHEL FABRIZIO KAWASAKI IRON BRAIN KAWASAKI SBK 1:37.648
22  FABIEN FORET KAWASAKI MAHI RACING TEAM INDIA 1:38.038
23  ALESSANDRO ANDREOZZI KAWASAKI TEAM PEDERCINI 1:38.771
24  KERVIN BOS HONDA WINTEB LIQUIDRUBBER RACING TEAM 1:38.860
25  IMRE TOTH BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:39.464
26  AARON YATES EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:40.502
27  GEOFF MAY EBR TEAM HERO EBR 1:40.889
FAILED TO QUALIFY
28  PETER SEBESTYEN BMW BMW TEAM TOTH 1:42.580