Assen: Yamaha qualifying report

Spies extends incredible unbroken Superpole run In the second day of qualifying at Assen Yamaha rider Ben Spies crossed the line in the Superpole shoot-out to become the only World Superbike rider ever to score four consecutive pole position ...

Spies extends incredible unbroken Superpole run

In the second day of qualifying at Assen Yamaha rider Ben Spies crossed the line in the Superpole shoot-out to become the only World Superbike rider ever to score four consecutive pole position starts at the beginning of a season. Not content with earning one record, Spies set about breaking the lap record previously held by Troy Bayliss of 1.38.355 with an incredible time of 1'37.626. Spies' record lap-time was also only 0.888 off Casey Stoner's Moto GP race time of last year on the same circuit.

Tom Sykes also had a good second day, having learnt from the tyre mistake in Valencia's Superpole the British rider timed his use of Qualifiers well and made it through to the final Superpole session and will start on the second row of the grid in 8th position. Both riders had small crashes during the pre-Superpole warm-up session but sustained no injuries. The second qualifying session earlier in the day saw Spies work on a good race pace using tyres from yesterday's sessions, whilst team-mate Sykes continued to work out and improve on the front-end issues of yesterday.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (1st, 1'37.626)

"The qualifying session was good for us, we went out and worked on race set-up. We were out on tyres from yesterday and stayed on them for the whole session so we could get used to the tyres when they start to go off. I was able to turn some really fast laps at the end over race distance so I'm really happy with the way the bike's working after the tyres go off. Superpole was also good, it's a couple of extra feet at the start which helps. We're continuing to develop the bike and it's getting better and better every session, let's see what tomorrow brings."

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team (8th, 1'38.790)

Qualifying was ok for me, we changed a couple of things from last night and for sure the bike was faster and more consistent. There's maybe one or two more things I want to do in the same direction and hopefully make this a good race setting for tomorrow. Already I think we've got a decent set-up, after ten laps we were in the low 39s. Superpole was good for me. I did the first round on Qualifiers just to make sure and get through to session two. Then we had to use the second qualifiers to get into the top 8. In the final session we were reduced to race tyres, but I still did two 38 second laps which was good. Hopefully we have a very good race pace now so tomorrow is looking promising."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"What Ben did was great in qualifying. We started the day looking to do a long run with used tyres and in the end he was able to put in some really good lap times. This gives us a lot of confidence for tomorrow. Superpole was really good for us, four consecutive pole position starts is great, and Tom was also good to get onto the second row. I think the balance of the bikes is good and we know which tyres we want to use so we're confident we can do well. Both of them have the potential to have good races tomorrow"

-credit: wsbk

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Ben Spies , Tom Sykes , Casey Stoner