Guintoli Fast In Wet Superbike Qualifying

Sylvain Guintoli (Photo: World SBK)
Sylvain Guintoli (Photo: World SBK)

ASSEN, Netherlands – Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) set the quickest time in this afternoon’s first qualifying session at Assen, which was conditioned by bad weather. The riders first went out on slicks but one minute later it began to rain, making the track slippery. They just about managed to get back to the pits in reasonable conditions and then just a few riders ventured out at the end in the wet.

Guintoli was a fraction of a second ahead of Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), with an impressive Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) and championship leader Carlos Checa (Ducati Althea Racing) completing the provisional front row. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) was fifth ahead of Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet), the first BMW runner in the timesheets. Even in these difficult weather conditions, five different manufacturers are in the top 6 positions.

Two more BMWs were next up, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad) in eighth ahead of Ayrton Badovini with the Italian team’s S1000RR.

With the top 16 positions likely to stay the same should it rain in tomorrow morning’s final session, the first rider to be excluded will be Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing). The Italian has to hope for an improvement in the weather otherwise he will be forced to start from the fifth row of the grid.

1Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R01:37.6
2Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R01:37.6
3Leon CamierCrescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:38.5
4Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R01:38.7
5Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR01:38.9
6Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK TeamBMW S1000 RR01:39.1
7Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK TeamBMW S1000 RR01:39.1
8Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR01:39.1
9Maxime BergerLiberty Racing - Team EffenbertDucati 1098R01:39.3
10Chaz DaviesParkinGO Aprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 1000 F01:39.4
11Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 1000 F01:39.5
12Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R01:39.6
13John HopkinsCrescent SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:39.6
14Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR01:39.8
15Bret McCormickTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R01:39.9