Assen: Ten Kate Honda Friday report

TOSELAND TAKES PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW POSITION ON DAY ONE James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored what could be a very valuable top four placing at Assen after the dry first qualifying session, scoring a best time of 1'40.242 in the ...

TOSELAND TAKES PROVISIONAL FRONT ROW POSITION ON DAY ONE

James Toseland (Winston Ten Kate Honda) scored what could be a very valuable top four placing at Assen after the dry first qualifying session, scoring a best time of 1'40.242 in the process. The new-look Assen was a new challenge to all the Superbike riders, with Karl Muggeridge (Winston Ten Kate Honda) tenth overall, and well inside Superpole qualifying - should the second qualifying session on Saturday morning prove to be wet.

First qualifying was a largely close affair, with second through to 13th places only separated by a second, as riders learned the fastest way around the 4.555km track. Fastest lap of the day was a 1'39.336 from Troy Bayliss.

Ronald Ten Kate -- Team Manager

"A quite good result, considering we still have some issues to resolve. Also, our home circuit has changed a bit and we definitely seem to be struggling a bit on the first part of the track, the new part. So we need to change things a little bit on the set-up for that part, to allow the riders to go fast there. As soon as we can have that resolved I think we can have them both on the front row. It was important for us to be near the front today, so that we ensured we would reach Superpole, because the weather forecast for tomorrow is quite bad. For sure my staff will work hard to get things even better tomorrow, because our aim is a little bit higher than we have achieved now."

James Toseland -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(4th Position -- Fastest Lap 1'40.242 -- 23 Laps)

"A difficult day and I have had to get used to it all again, after being used to nought miles per hour for the last three weeks! Now it's back up to 160mph. The bike was OK at the start, but we need to put in a little bit of work and for me to just get back into the riding. Both Karl and I have to improve on the first sector, so we maybe just have to do a little bit more work on the bike for that really tight section. On the other sections the bike is really good, so I don't really want to sacrifice three-quarters of the track just for one quarter. We just need to work a bit more on the bike but our speed is quite consistent."

Karl Muggeridge -- Winston Ten Kate Honda Rider
(10th Position -- Fastest Lap 1'40.746 -- 21 Laps)

"The track's really nice we just need to understand the way the bike's going to work round here a little bit. We need to work with gearing to get out of corners a bit better, but I'm reasonably happy with the way it's going now. We can move up from here, and with more laps and more time, we will get there."

-credit: wtkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , James Toseland , Karl Muggeridge