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Assen...always a good venue! Some day I'd like to go there...been to the Netherlands 3 times, but I was a kid then and not a motorcycle racing fan at the time, so didn't make it to Assen.

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UHOH..... that DAMN PanigaliRS...... just postin...... :)

RESULTS SUPERBIKE (Free Practice 2nd session)

1 7 DAVIES Chaz Ducati Panigale R 1'35.748 32 31.375 45.642 1'13.449 1'35.748 286 286 1'35.748
2 66 SYKES Tom Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.068 +0.320 34 +0.196 +0.259 +0.620 1'36.291 289 290 1'36.068
3 65 REA Jonathan Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.190 +0.442 30 +1.302 +7.316 +10.141 194 289 1'36.190
4 91 HASLAM Leon Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.480 +0.732 29 +1.246 +2.004 280 289 1'36.480
5 60 VD MARK Michael Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'36.525 +0.777 37 +0.603 +0.862 +1.317 1'37.135 286 286 1'36.525
6 81 TORRES Jordi Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.840 +1.092 41 +0.579 +0.884 286 289 1'36.840
7 22 LOWES Alex Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.918 +1.170 23 +8.217 +8.611 +9.411 289 292 1'36.918
8 1 GUINTOLI Sylvain Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'36.950 +1.202 34 +0.564 +0.728 +1.296 301 301 1'36.950
9 2 CAMIER Leon MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'37.061 +1.313 32 +0.518 +0.952 +1.313 1'37.202 279 284 1'37.061
10 112 FORES Xavi Ducati Panigale R 1'37.168 +1.420 29 +0.488 +0.730 +1.062 6 286 287 1'37.168
11 86 BADOVINI Ayrton BMW S1000 RR 1'37.319 +1.571 26 +8.642

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Gee,... is Davies the only one in the 1'35s???.... damn the luck!!!!........ Maybe he switched bikes..
.....just sayin.....:shrug:.........

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Go on then Bob, just for you, a one off weekend back ;)

From Aragón to Assen for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team

Arezzo/Borgo Panigale (Italy), Wednesday 15 April 2015 – Just three days after scoring a historic win at Motorland Aragón, Chaz Davies and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team head onwards to the TT Circuit of Assen, in the Netherlands, where Davies will once again be joined on track by Javier Forés, substituting for Davide Giugliano for the second time.

At the recent Spanish round, factory rider Davies was caught up a great battle with Rea in race 1, missing out on the win by just 0.051 of a second to cross the line second. The win was nevertheless imminent and in the day’s second race, the Welshman dominated from start to finish, powering his Ducati Panigale R over the line in first position, more than 3 seconds ahead of the second-placed rider. This marks a very important win – the first for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team, Chaz’s first win since joining forces with the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer, and also the maiden win for the Panigale R in World Superbikes. Forés, competing in his very first races of the 2015 season, also scored positive results in his home country, battling hard against many of this year’s top riders to conclude the two races in fifth and sixth place.

Races at the TT Circuit of Assen are often conditioned by wet weather which can often shake things up in terms of results. Davies, having raced in the Superbike category for the last three seasons, has achieved a best of 5th at the Dutch track, in 2013, while Forés last raced at Assen last year in the IDM Superbike championship, winning his race.

As the team heads into this fourth round of the 2015 championship, Davies now positions third in the general standings, with 83 points, while Forés is thirteenth with 21 points. Ducati lies third in the manufacturer’s classification (95 points).

Comments ahead of the event:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7)
“Assen’s enjoyable to ride but it’s always a challenge to get the bike to work well around the entire track, with some quite different sections. I’ve never been able to make the best of it in Superbike, and my results have been fairly average, while in Supersport I took a win. My aim this weekend, and every weekend, is to be on the podium, and then we’ll try to pick up wins where we can. I feel that we’ve learned a lot over the last couple of weekends, even when things have not been going so well, and I think that this will be important this weekend; we know where we stand in terms the chassis and that is particularly relevant at Assen I think.”

Javier Forés (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #112)
“I’ve only raced a few times at Assen but last year we had an IDM round there and I won the race so I can say that I really like the track, I’ve always ridden well at Assen and have some good memories. After the Aragón races, my aim this weekend will be to continue to work in the same direction to be able to improve in the races and stick closer to the guys in front. Last season’s IDM race took place in dry conditions and that’s what I’d prefer this weekend too but I don’t think I’d have particular problems if it were wet. The weather's always an unknown anyway, but we’ll see what we can do…”

Circuit Information

Country: The Netherlands
Name: TT Circuit Assen
Length: 4.542 km
Race distance: 21 laps/95.382 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'35.893 (2013). Superpole – Baz (Kawasaki) 1'34.357 (2014).

2014 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Guintoli (Aprilia); 2. Sykes (Kawasaki); 3. Rea (Honda). Race 2 – 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Lowes (Suzuki); 3. Giugliano (Ducati)

Rider Information

Chaz Davies
Bike: Ducati Panigale R
Race number: 7
Age: 28 (Born 10/02/1987 in Knighton, Wales)
Number of SBK races: 80
Number of wins: 5
Number of podiums: 18

Davies’ SBK track record at Assen
2014: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 8th
2013: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 5th
2012: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – DNF

Javier Forés
Bike: Ducati Panigale R
Race number: 112
Age: 29 (Born 16/09/1985 in Llombai (Valencia), Spain
Number of SBK races: 12
Number of wins: 0
Number of podiums: 0

Weekend schedule (CET):

11.15 – 12.00 – SBK Timed Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Timed Practice 2

09.45 – 10.30 – SBK Timed Practice 3
12.30 – 13.00 – SBK Free Practice
15.00 – 15.15 – Superpole 1
15.25 – 15.40 – Superpole 2

8.40 – 8.55 – SBK Warm-up
10.30 – SBK Race 1
13.10 – SBK Race 2


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^^^....Good on you, Craig!!! how about how about FP2??? Go Ducati/Davies!!!!

Yeah it's not too bad on paper. Assen is tough on the Ducati chassis so over race distance it may be difficult to turn that quick lap time into good, consistent race pace. Realistically seeing Chaz in any of the podium places will be a very good result indeed. If Xavi can put it in the top 8 I'd be very happy with that.

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a little dialogue.....

Almost everybody improves their lap time in Dutch FP2.

As expected, almost everybody improved during this afternoon’s WorldSBK FP2, with Chaz Davies (Aruba.it – Ducati Superbike Team) responding to the challenge from former champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and current championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) to top of the overall classification by a margin of 0.320s with his final lap.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) moved into 3rd (0.442s) just behind team mate Sykes who was 2nd, while Leon Haslam worked hard with his crew between sessions to improve the setting on his Aprilia Racing machine, the former championship runner up elevating himself into contention with the 4th best time overall.

Pata Honda World Superbike Team rider Michael van der Mark maintained his strong start to the weekend in 5th.

Jordi Torres improved on the second of the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils machines to finish 6th with the biggest improvement of the day coming from Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who jumped from 16th after FP1 to 7th.

Reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) lapped consistently to end the day 8th overall with Xavi Fores (Aruba.it – Ducati Superbike Team) again inside the top 10 in 9th.

The surprise of the day was Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who quietly went about his business, understanding the new electronics and posting the 10th best time, making it 5 manufacturers inside the top ten, and giving MV Agusta their best Friday placing since they returned to the WorldSBK championship last year.

Looking ahead, there is only one opportunity remaining for the riders to make it into the top ten and avoid having to ride in Superpole 1 – FP3 will take place tomorrow at 0945.

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Think Davies got a buzz from that win? Man, he just dominated all day. Good on him as well, that's what he needs to do in order to be successful! Good stuff! As I said earlier, I hope he can prove to us that win wasn't a fluke.

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Uh, here is the World Championship Standings.... as of today


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Superbike 2015 - Round 4 - Assen

Provisional pole for Davies and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team on day 1 of SBK action at Assen
Assen (The Netherlands), Friday 17 April 2015

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) powers his Panigale R to the top of the timesheets at the end of the first day of timed practice at the TT Circuit in Assen; Javier Forés concludes today’s sessions in overall ninth position.

In cold and partially overcast conditions (10°C), but on a dry track (of 15°C), the factory riders used the first timed practice session to work on the set-up of their Panigale R machines. The team was once again able to make constant progress during the 45-minutes available and closed the session with Davies in third place, thanks to a best time of 1’37.272, and Javier Forés sixth (1’37.477).

In the afternoon’s session, which took place in similarly cool conditions, the technicians on both sides of the garage made a series of refinements to the riders’ bikes. Having found a good base set-up, Davies was able to set an extremely fast time at the end of the session – 1’35.748 – the quickest of the day in fact, to score provisional pole position. Forés has not yet found the ideal set-up solution but was nevertheless able to lower his time by half a second to close day one in ninth place (1’36.964).

Quotes after the day’s sessions:

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #7) – 1st (1’35.748)
“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a positive Friday at Assen, also because I’ve always had a bit of trouble at this track results-wise. At this point I think we have a good base set-up; here we’ve started with what we were using at Aragon and we’ve only had to make a few small changes so far. We’ve tried a few different things and in the final stages of the session I was able to put in a fast lap. Despite the result, I’m still losing in the final sector so we’ll try to improve in that area tomorrow as well as continuing our preparations for Sunday’s races.”

Javier Forés - (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team #112) – 9th (1’36.964)

“Although we’ve been able to improve a little today we’re not yet there in terms of set-up. As it’s the first time I’m riding at Assen with this bike I guess we need some time to get everything sorted. The bike has been moving around a lot and this means I can’t ride as I would like; it is preventing me from putting a clean lap together. But we will continue to work this evening to understand the direction to take in the next sessions – tomorrow’s a new day and I’m sure we’ll be able to improve.”


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Well, unlike the MotoGP race at COTA last weekend where the weather report stated 80% chance of rain on sunday, this weekend at Assen, things look much better weather wise.

It's unfortunate Chaz had a few issues in qualifying. I'd guess he had problems making that soft tire generate the extra grip necessary to compete for pole. However, his race pace is decent. Rea's 17 lap race simulation was unbelievable. He isn't' going to let what happened last weekend, happen again this weekend.

Rea again is the man to beat and he appears to be in good health and spirits unlike last weekend at Aragon. Sykes pace is also ominous, both Kawasaki riders easily pushing the excellent work Chaz did in previous sessions aside on saturday.

I'm anxious to see if Davies can get in edge wise in the Kawasaki fight. This is the real test for Davies because Assen has always suited the Ducati.
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