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Mixed Opening Day for MV Agusta Reparto Corse at Assen

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The fourth round of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship started today at TT Circuit Assen, with MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders involved in a very wet practice condition.

WorldSBK – FP1, FP2
After two session of qualifying practice during the opening day at TT Circuit, Leon Camier finished up 11° in WorldSBK class with a 1’54.564 lap time, narrowly missing the Tissot-Superpole 2 for just 1 position. Despite the slippery condition on track, the British rider felt himself confident in wet condition and the team is now working to even improve the grip of his MV Agusta F4 RC for tomorrow’s Superpole and Race.

Leon Camier #2 – To be honest I was hoping to be al little bit faster in the wet but we made some changes to the bike between the sessions and definitely went in the right direction. I think for tomorrow we need to understand what we need to do to make the bike feel a little bit more comfortable and to find some major grip. With this condition is easy to make a mistake and an early crash but if we find a good setting with the chassis and the electronics, we can make a good step forward.

WorldSSP – FP1, FP2
Due to the heavy rain it was a mixed day for MV Agusta Reparto Corse WorldSSP team at Assen, with Lorenzo Zanetti scoring the 9th position in Free Practice combined results and entering the Tissot-Superpole 2; from the other side Zanetti’s teammate Jules Cluzel, 3rd in Championship Standing, suffered a crash in FP1 and another crash in FP2 and, despite he escaped unharmed, he wasn’t able to improve his lap time.

Jules Cluzel #16 – Today the track was really slippery and it was hard to ride in this condition. I tried to do my best and push hard to stay on front but after crashing twice I had to give up. I will try to do my best to pass as many riders as possibile and get some points for the Championship on Sunday’s race

Lorenzo Zanetti #87 – It is not easy to find the right setting in Assen circuit with this kind of conditions. Even if I wanted a better placement, I am quite happy after these first sessions since I did by best. Tomorrow is the day to push hard to get the best position in starting grid, because if this round will be raced in wet conditions it becomes really important to start from the first rows

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