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Baz grabs career first Tissot-Superpole

Assen (the Netherlands), Saturday 26 April 2014 – Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) will start both of tomorrow’s 21-lap races from pole position after securing the first Tissot-Superpole of his career today at Assen, courtesy of his 1’34.357 lap time (a new outright best lap of the circuit) set moments before the arrival of the rain.

As we have seen already this season under the new format, the 15 minute shootout is proving to be a close and exciting addition to the Tissot-Superpole and in today’s shootout it was the turn of Baz to shine.

Joining Baz on the front row tomorrow will be fellow Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) forming the second row.

In the EVO category Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) was the fastest qualifier in 7th position overall, improving over a second on his morning time.

Superpole 1 saw Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team) and Marco progress into the final fifteen minute shootout with the other ten already seeded riders following Free Practice.


Times: 1. Baz (Kawasaki) 1’34.357 average 173.291 kph; 2. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1’34.845; 3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1’35.311; 4. Melandri (Aprilia) 1’35.333; 5. Rea (Honda) 1’35.361; 6. Giugliano (Ducati) 1’35.476; 7. Canepa (Ducati) 1’35.500; 8. Laverty (Suzuki) 1’35.646; 9. Lowes (Suzuki) 1’35.684; 10. Elias (Aprilia) 1’36.203; 11. Haslam (Honda) 1’36.284; 12. Davies (Ducati) 1’36.288.