Maiden Front Row in Assen Superpole for Laverty

16.04.2011: WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3 Assen Qualifying 2 Yamaha World Superbike Team riders Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri provided impressive performances in Assen for today’s Superpole sessions to secure first and second row grid starts

WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3          Assen Qualifying 2



Yamaha World Superbike Team riders Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri provided impressive performances in Assen for today’s Superpole sessions to secure first and second row grid starts respectively ahead of tomorrow’s two races. Both riders dominated the first heat putting in the fastest laps on a set of qualifying tyres to take them comfortably into round two in first and second position.


  Eugene Laverty provided a nail-biting second session, battling to put in a series of fast laps before going through to the third and final heat of the day in seventh position, just over two tenths of a second behind first place. The final heat of this afternoon’s Superpole saw the talented young Irishman achieving his fastest lap on a softer race tyre to score his first front row start of his World Superbike career.


  Teammate Marco Melandri was also on top form throughout the afternoon, finishing the first two heats in second and fourth place respectively. A less fortunate third round saw Melandri lose the front of his bike on turn eight of the track, seconds before completing the session. The Italian heads into tomorrow’s two races in eighth position on the second row of the grid, determined to get off to good a start.
 


Eugene Laverty

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 3rd, 1'35.580



“That was certainly an eventful Superpole today. We used our qualifying tyre early on in the session and then had to use a softer race tyre in the final round. I surprised myself with the lap time I achieved. I knew I could make it into the front row but it was a tough battle.


We have to concentrate on making the bike more stable for tomorrow’s race in order to be able to put in consistently fast laps throughout the race. I’m aiming for a podium but a win would also be very nice indeed.”
       
 


Marco Melandri

Yamaha World Superbike Team - 8th, 1'37.036



“We experienced both ups and downs today. Unfortunately I crashed in the final heat and lost out on the opportunity to be on the front row. On the other hand we made progress on the bike set up in this morning’s qualifying and that’s a step in the right direction.


It’ll be a difficult two races tomorrow, Assen isn’t an easy track and a good start off the grid is necessary. We’ll do our best and see what happens.”

 


Andrea Dosoli - Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager



“I’m satisfied that both riders had a positive Superpole today. Our object was to secure first and second row grid positions and that’s what we did. Eugene had a fantastic third Superpole session on a soft tyre, getting his fastest lap time and proving his talent as a rider.


It’s a pity that Marco fell in the final stages, he has made progress over the weekend and should have been on the front row. The lap times were so close today that it makes for a competitive day tomorrow. Tyre wear will be crucial so the right choice will make all the difference.”
 



2011 World Superbike Netherlands

Assen 16/04/2011   

   
1    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    1'35.292
2    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    1'35.560
3    Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR    1'35.580
4    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    1'35.920
5    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    1'36.138
6    Max Biaggi    Aprilia    ITA    1'36.302
7    Tom Sykes    Kawasaki    GBR    1'36.351
8    Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA    1'37.036
9    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    1'35.903
10    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    1'35.903
11    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    1'35.983
12    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    1'36.089
13    Michel Fabrizio    Suzuki    ITA    1'36.148
14    Ruben Xaus    Honda    ESP    1'36.260
15    Sylvain Guintoli    Ducati    FRA    1'36.361
           


      Circuit Length: 4555
Weather: Cloudy
Lap Record: 1'36.413 (Carlos Checa, 1/1/2010)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1'34.944 (Jonathan Rea, 4/25/2010)
Last Years Winner: Jonathan Rea


         
   

Qualifying 1 & Qualifying 2


    I    II
1    Jonathan Rea    Honda    GBR    1'37.073     1'36.035
2    Jakub Smrz    Ducati    CZE    1'36.058     1'36.263
3    Max Biaggi    Aprilia    ITA    1'36.287     1'36.799
4    Troy Corser    BMW    AUS    1'36.876     1'36.322
5    Noriyuki Haga    Aprilia    JPN    1'37.106     1'36.368
6    Leon Haslam    BMW    GBR    1'36.989     1'36.455
7    Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA    1'36.494     1'37.559
8    Michel Fabrizio    Suzuki    ITA    1'36.550     1'37.674
9    Carlos Checa    Ducati    ESP    1'37.114     1'36.596
10    Ruben Xaus    Honda    ESP    1'37.424     1'36.643
11    Leon Camier    Aprilia    GBR    1'37.373     1'36.728
12    Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR    1'37.024     1'36.729
13    Tom Sykes    Kawasaki    GBR    1'36.747     1'37.026
14    Joan Lascorz    Kawasaki    ESP    1'37.364     1'36.841
15    Sylvain Guintoli    Ducati    FRA    1'37.899     1'37.005



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