Record breaking Baz snares Assen pole

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Sunday 27th April, 2014 - 12:45am

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Loris Baz

Loris Baz

Kawasaki’s Loris Baz recorded a maiden World Superbike pole position with a record breaking performance in qualifying at the famous Assen circuit.

The Frenchman timed his final run to perfection as he shaved six tenths of a second from the Dutch circuit’s lap record, previously set by Jonathan Rea in 2010.

Fellow countryman Sylvain Guintoli proved to be his nearest rival trailing the Kawasaki rider by 0.488 seconds.

Reigning world champion and championship leader Tom Sykes was third fastest almost a  full second adrift of his team-mate.

Baz signalled his intent by grabbing provisional pole early in the session only to be surpassed by Guintoli with just eight minutes remaining.

However, the threat of rain forced the Kawasaki rider back out onto the circuit where he produced a stunning ride to post a record breaking 1.34.357s effort, shortly before spots of rain began to fall.

The weather conditions deterred riders, including Guintoli and Sykes, from trying to improve upon their times leaving Baz to enjoy his first pole position.

Aprilia’s Marco Melandri will head up row two in fourth ahead of PATA Honda’s Rea and Ducati’s Davide Giugliano.

Niccolo Canepa produced arguably the surprise of the session as the Italian secured seventh spot ahead of the Suzuki’s of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes.

Toni Elias rounded out the top 10 on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia.

World Superbike Championship – Assen Qualifying Results

Pos

Rider

Team/Bike

Time

1

Loris Baz

Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R

1m 34.357s

2

Sylvain Guintoli

Aprilia Racing RSV4

1m 34.845s

3

Tom Sykes

Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R

1m 35.311s

4

Marco Melandri

Aprilia Racing RSV4

1m 35.333s

5

Jonathan Rea

PATA Honda CBR1000RR

1m 35.361s

6

Davide Giugliano

Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R

1m 35.476s

7

Niccolo Canepa

Althea Ducati 1199 Panigale R

1m 35.500s (E)

8

Eugene Laverty

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000

1m 35.646s

9

Alex Lowes

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000

1m 35.684s

10

Toni Elias

Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4

1m 36.203s

11

Leon Haslam

PATA Honda CBR1000RR

1m 36.284s

12

Chaz Davies

Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R

1m 36.288s

13

Leon Camier

BMW Italia S1000RR

1m 36.434s (E)

14

Ayrton Badovini

Bimota Alstare BB3

1m 36.547s (E)

15

David Salom

Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R

1m 36.749s (E)

16

Christian Iddon

Bimota Alstare BB3

1m 36.772s (E)

17

Claudio Corti

MV Agusta RC F4RR

1m 36.888s

18

Jeremy Guarnoni

MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 37.141s (E)

19

Sheridan Morais

IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 37.280s (E)

20

Luca Scassa

Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 37.343s (E)

21

Michel Fabrizio

IRON BRAIN Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 37.648s (E)

22

Fabien Foret

MAHI Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 39.038s (E)

23

Alessandro Andreozzi

Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R

1m 39.771s (E)

24

Kervin Bos

Winterb Honda CBR1000RR

1m 39.860s (E)

25

Imre Toth

Team Toth BMW S1000RR

1m 40.464s

26

Aaron Yates

Team Hero EBR 1190RX

1m 41.502s

27

Geoff May

Team Hero EBR 1190RX

1m 42.889s

28

Peter Sebestyen

Team Toth BMW S1000RR

1m 42.580s (E)