Round 4 – Assen
In cold, windy conditions the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship continued to put on a phenomenal show at the Motul Dutch Round during their Tissot Superpole session.
Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) sneaked pole position with a minute to go but big crashes involving Ryuichi Kiyonari (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) at Turn 15 brought the red flags out and a premature end to the session.
Championship leader Alvaro Bautista was back up the sharp end of proceedings on Saturday, having endured a difficult opening day by his own standards. The Spaniard was a persistent top three runner throughout the session and maintained his front row starting record, placing on pole position for a third consecutive round.
Teammate Chaz Davies, who has never had a pole position or win at the TT Circuit Assen, featured inside the top ten for the entirety of the session, completing it in seventh position and without setting a fast time on the Superpole tyre.
Michael van der Mark enjoyed a positive Superpole session, finishing second at the end. The Dutch rider will look to add to his win tally from the front row, with his first front row starting place after Superpole since his only pole position in Thailand, back in 2016!
It was a positive start to the session for Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) as he led the session for the most of the first half. Having suffered two big crashes on the opening day of action on Friday, it was a pleasant return to the front for the third-placed man in the championship. Lowes finished in fourth at the end of the session.
It was a fantastic session for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, as Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger continued their progress throughout the session. Before the red flag, Tom Sykes had been inside the top four but eventually slipped to sixth having not set a time with the Superpole tyre, whilst Markus Reiterberger bolted in a lap time for his best ever Superpole starting position of third – becoming the first German rider to start on the front row at Assen. It is BMW’s first front row at Assen since Troy Corser in third in 2010.
It was another difficult Tissot Superpole session for Kawasaki riders, as fifth was the best that Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) could manage. The British rider will be looking to mount the podium from the second row on his return to WorldSBK racing at TT Circuit Assen. His teammate Jonathan Rea was outside of the front row for the second consecutive round, with an eighth place – the red flag hindering his progress at the end. The reigning four-time WorldSBK Champion had beaten Bautista across all session leading up to Superpole, so expect a race charge from the Northern Irishman.
Once again there were two Independent team riders who made the top ten, with Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing) achieving his second consecutive ninth place start after the Tissot Superpole session. The Spaniard will be looking to remain inside the top ten during the races. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) completes the top ten but the Turkish rider was taken to the medical centre after his Turn 15 crash that brought a red flag out to the session.
Other notable positions included Leon Camier (Moriwaki Althea Honda Team) who was in 11th, whilst rookie Hector Barbera (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was 14th, and Alessandro Delbianco (Althea MIE Racing Team) secured a career-best 15th. Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) was a shock down the order in 17th.
Following a snowstorm hitting the TT Circuit Assen early in the afternoon during the WorldSBK grid, Race 1 start had been delayed twice before being rescheduled at 11:00 AM on Sunday morning, to guarantee riders’ safety.
Pole position – Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – DUCATI)
“On Friday we struggled a bit because we tried a different setup but I didn’t feel good on the bike, so we decided to go back to our standard setting. I didn’t make a good lap time in the Tissot Superpole, compared to the past rounds, but thanks to the red flag I was able to finish on pole position. What happened this afternoon, I’ve never seen it before in my career! It was snowing, and with these conditions, it was just too dangerous to race. Tomorrow we will have Race 1 and Race 2, and hopefully, the weather will improve for then”.
P2 – Michael Van Der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team)
“I am quite happy about the second position in the Tissot Superpole. I think it is the best qualifying I have ever done with the Yamaha and it was special to do it at my home round, but I am a bit disappointed because I felt that I could improve my lap time, but then we had the red flag. This afternoon I was ready to race, and it was frustrating that in the end, we had to postpone it. It’s freezing, but still, many fans were here to support me. We really wanted to race but since it was snowing it was the safest option to wait and then postpone it. It has been a strange day today”.
P3 – Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team)
“Since the start of the weekend I have been feeling good on the bike, and I want to thank all my team for their help. I am starting to getting comfortable on the bike, and I know Assen very well, and I like this track a lot. My qualifying lap was not that good, but in the end, I was lucky that the session was red flagged. Starting from the front row is really important for the race. Let’s see what we will be able to do tomorrow”.
|1||A. Bautista||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1’34.740|
|2||M. Van Der Mark||Yamaha YZF R1||1’34.822|
|3||M. Reiterberger||BMW S1000 RR||1’34.828|
|4||A. Lowes||Yamaha YZF R1||1’34.935|
|5||L. Haslam||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1’35.086|
|6||T. Sykes||BMW S1000 RR||1’35.155|
|7||C. Davies||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1’35.288|
|8||J. Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1’35.530|
|9||T. Razgatlioglu||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1’35.844|
|10||L. Camier||Honda CBR1000RR||1’35.920|
|11||J. Torres||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1’36.076|
|12||S. Cortese||Yamaha YZF R1||1’36.175|
|13||E. Laverty||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1’36.222|
|14||A. Delbianco||Honda CBR1000RR||1’36.828|
|15||R. Kiyonari||Honda CBR1000RR||1’36.879|
|16||M. Melandri||Yamaha YZF R1||1’37.042|
|17||M. Rinaldi||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1’37.221|
|18||H. Barbera||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1’37.283|
World Supersport took to the historic TT Circuit Assen for the fourth round of their championship season. It was yet another thrilling session for the class, with riders swapping back and forth throughout the session before Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) took pole position. However, with just under 11 minutes to go, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had an engine blow up which led to fluid being dropped between Turn 13 and 15, with a red flag needing to be brought out.
Randy Krummenacher put a solid lap time in before the red flag came out and the weather turned inclement, cementing his position at the top of the time-sheets. Krummenacher takes his second pole position at Assen, with his first WorldSSP pole coming at the Dutch venue back in 2016.
Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) joined his teammate on the front row for his fourth consecutive front row, whilst Raffaele De Rosa (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) completed the front row, despite crashing on Mahias’ fluids down at Turn 15.
The second row will comprise of Estonian-ace Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays), as the Honda-mounted rider took his best Tissot Superpole qualifying position, whilst also being Estonia’s best starting position in WorldSSP. Fifth position belonged to Hikari Okubo (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who also crashed on teammate Mahias’ spillage at Turn 15. Rounding out the second row is Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA), who lies second in the championship.
Row three comprises of Aragon pole-sitter Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing), who was just over a second behind Krummenacher. Lucas Mahias, despite his problems, finished in eighth, whilst fellow Frenchman Corentin Perolari (GMT94 YAMAHA) was ninth. Completing the top ten was Spanish rider, Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing).
Pole position – Randy Krummenacher
“It was a really strange Superpole, and it was a pity because I couldn’t take full advantage of my bike. I was able to do just one flying lap, but it was enough to take the pole position. I am happy about it and I am really confident for tomorrow. My rivals are also very fast here and we don’t know which conditions we will find tomorrow. I will try to do a good race and just focus on my consistency”.
|1||R. Krummenacher||Yamaha YZF R6||1’38.010|
|2||F. Caricasulo||Yamaha YZF R6||1’38.115|
|3||R. De Rosa||MV Agusta F3 675||1’38.521|
|4||H. Soomer||Honda CBR600RR||1’38.664|
|5||H. Okubo||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’38.724|
|6||J. Cluzel||Yamaha YZF R6||1’38.771|
|7||T. Gradinger||Yamaha YZF R6||1’39.054|
|8||L. Mahias||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’39.264|
|9||C. Perolari||Yamaha YZF R6||1’39.295|
|10||I. Vinales||Yamaha YZF R6||1’39.333|
|11||A. Badovini||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’39.394|
|12||R. Hartog||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’39.455|
|13||G. Van Straalen||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’39.608|
|14||J. Danilo||Honda CBR600RR||1’39.905|
|15||F. Fuligni||MV Agusta F3 675||1’39.939|
|16||K. Smith||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’40.164|
|17||P. Sebestyen||Honda CBR600RR||1’40.470|
|18||L. Cresson||Yamaha YZF R6||1’40.545|
|19||J. Van Sikkelerus||Honda CBR600RR||1’40.710|
|20||W. Tessels||Yamaha YZF R6||1’40.752|
|21||D. Rubin||Yamaha YZF R6||1’41.117|
|22||C. Stange||Honda CBR600RR||1’41.281|
|23||A. Coppola||Honda CBR600RR||1’41.706|
|24||M. Herrera||Yamaha YZF R6||1’42.124|
|25||X. Navand||Yamaha YZF R6||1’42.943|
|NQ||G. Matern||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1’45.426|
|NQ||N. Calero||Kawasaki ZX-6R||n/a|
|NQ||A. De Wintere||Yamaha YZF R6||n/a|
World Supersport 300
Galang Hendra Pratama took the pole position in a flurry of activity in the middle of the session, in the optimum weather conditions as rain came and went through the 25-minute stint. Joining him on the front row, Aragon race winner Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) was second, looking to launch his attack for a second career victory from a good starting position. Completing the front row is Mika Perez (Scuderia Maranga Racing).
Continuing to impress in the 2019 World Supersport 300 class was Hugo De Cancellis (Team Trasimeno), who was fourth. The Frenchman will be looking for another podium from the front of row two, whilst teammate Omar Bonoli vastly improved to fifth position on the grid, as the 17-year-old took his best qualifying position of the year. Completing the front row is the first rider from Group B, home-hero, Scott Deroue (Kawasaki MOTOPORT). He will be looking to put on a good show for his home fans.
Row three features Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin from Group A (Nutec – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki), who finished ahead of Jan-Ole Jahnig (KTM Freudenberg Junior Team) in eighth and then Borja Sanchez (Scuderia Maranga Racing) in ninth. Rounding out the top then was reigning champion, Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300).
Due to the severe weather conditions in the afternoon, WorldSSP300 Last Race Chance was cancelled.
Pole Position – Galang Hendra Pratama
“I am really happy! It was difficult to manage the tyres and find the grip but my team did such a great job, and they were able to solve the problem before the Tissot Superpole. Step by step we were able to find a good setup for the bike! Thank all my team and my Indonesian fans, my sponsors and family that always support me. For tomorrow I will keep concentrate and try to do my best.
|1||G. Hendra Pratama||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’51.475|
|2||M. Gonzalez||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’51.811|
|3||M. Perez||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’51.879|
|4||H. De Cancellis||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’51.905|
|5||O. Bonoli||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’52.103|
|6||S. Deroue||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.113|
|7||N. Kalinin||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.121|
|8||J. Jahnig||KTM RC 390 R||1’52.141|
|9||B. Sanchez||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.204|
|10||A. Carrasco||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.239|
|11||J. Buis||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.365|
|12||F. Gomez||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.442|
|13||R. Schotman||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.461|
|14||D. Iozzo||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.690|
|15||M. Bastianelli||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.727|
|16||J. Hyde||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.743|
|17||M. Garcia||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.784|
|18||F. Hernandez Moyano||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’52.821|
|19||M. Kappler||KTM RC 390 R||1’52.879|
|20||D. Otten||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’52.940|
|21||A. Verdoïa||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’53.245|
|22||D. Blin||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’53.404|
|23||M. Luna Bayen||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.439|
|24||K. Arduini||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.459|
|25||D. Loureiro||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.477|
|26||E. De La Vega||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.559|
|27||V. Steeman||KTM RC 390 R||1’53.566|
|28||T. Edwards||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.616|
|29||B. Ieraci||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.670|
|30||O. König||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’53.904|
|31||K. Meuffels||KTM RC 390 R||1’53.953|
|32||T. Bramich||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’54.445|
|33||T. Kawakami||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’54.785|
|34||K. Hartmann||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’55.241|
|35||T. Alonso||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’55.469|
|36||M. Pedeneau||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’55.949|
|37||J. Foray||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’56.141|
|38||A. Quinet||Honda CBR500R||1’56.292|
|39||J. Facco||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’56.550|
|40||F. Rovelli||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’56.657|
|41||B. Sofuoglu||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’56.863|
|42||B. Neila||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’57.591|
|43||B. Molina||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’57.649|
|44||S. Naud||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’58.286|
|45||V. Schwarz||Kawasaki Ninja 400||1’58.406|
|46||R. Dore||Yamaha YZF-R3||1’59.574|
|47||A. Pelikanova||Kawasaki Ninja 400||2’01.525|