It is front row seats for team Pata B&G Racing as Jakub Smrz confirmed his great road racing talents finishing second in the final World Superbike Superpole, after setting the fastest time in Assen yesterday.
The starting grid position allows the Privateer Ducati a chance to battle for the top positions in race. Jabuk was thankful for his crew as well, due to the hard work; as his Ducati beat out the full factory racing team.
Lorenzo Baroni overcame the shock of yesterday’s World SBK crash setting the ninth fastest time.
JAKUB SMRZ (Ducati 1098R | 2nd in 1’35.062) says: "We were always in front this weekend, the team has done an amazing job finding the right setup for the bike. I’m sure everybody will fight hard."
"I think I’ll be battling with Corser, Rea and Haslam, who all have the same pace as me, but some other riders might get involved. I would’ve won the Superpole if it wasn’t for a small mistake I made in a corner but it’s still a very good result. I’ll give it my all tomorrow and hopefully will celebrate as I did today".
LORENZO BARONI (Ducati 1098R | 9th in 1’40.445) says: "I’m really happy that I could continue racing and be fast again after that awful crash at over 200 kmph. I hope to further improve in race as well and score a good result, especially for the team who did a great job repairing the machine".
Marco Borciani (Racing Team Manager) says: "Everything went smoothly this weekend. We narrowly missed the pole position and we’re ready to battle for the podium. Hopefully we’ll get a good start and be in the leading pack from the beginning".
Assen Superpole Results – World Superbike
1) #65 Jonathan Rea (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’34.944
2) #96 Jabuk Smrz (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’35.062
3) #11 Troy Corser (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’35.306
4) #91 Leon Haslam (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’35.330
5) #2 Leon Camier (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’35.633