Jakub Smrz shines on Splitlath Aprilia at Assen

World Superbike star Jakub Smrz gives Splitlath Racing moment to remember at Assen
Ex-World Superbike star Jakub Smrz produced a dream moment for the Splitlath Redmond Aprilia team as he blasted to the top of the times during the final free practice session at Assen this morning.

Smrz left it late before a fast lap in 1m 38.631s relegated Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to second with fellow title contender Josh Brookes third fastest on the Tyco Suzuki.

It was a stunning effort by Smrz, who is making his debut for the team at Assen.

Brookes suffered a minor spill in the damp after the session began wet before conditions improved towards the end as only a few tenths separated the leading trio.

Swan Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga, who – like Byrne – is carrying a shoulder injury, was fourth fastest with a lap in 1m 39.258s ahead of team-mate and championship leader Tommy Hill.

WFR Honda's Alex Lowes, who set the fastest lap during FP2 yesterday afternoon, was next with Patric Muff and Barry Burrell completing the top eight.

Luca Scassa on the Padgetts Honda and title fighter Tommy Bridewell rounded out the first ten.

Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty slipped down the order to 18th place, one place ahead of MSS Bathams Kawasaki man Michael Rutter, while Brookes' Tyco Suzuki team-mate, Alastair Seeley, was 20th.

The injured Danny Buchan, who missed FP1 yesterday, was 13th and Stuart Easton on the second Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 22nd.

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Smrz, British WSBK Race 2 2012
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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rod99 - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 1:34 PM

Where's all the team slaters now? bleet bleet the bikes sh.t ,bleet , the team are useless, bleet, their nasty to the riders, whers my dummie. He's just prooved what a good rider can do and also if the bike/team were that useless, this would be impossible. Interesting how the bike can work on the proppa tracks with high cornerspeed instead of the stop start micky mouse tracks. I reckon if they stay in BSB they need to drop this bike it's genetics are for proppa tracks. Well done all. Irrelevant of race result this should shut a few people up.

RickyHaych - Unregistered

September 22, 2012 3:18 PM

Very suprised to see Splitalth top the sheets. V. well done. Looks like a smart move to me. Get a world class rider on your machinery and top the time sheets. Hope he has a good race weekend. Awesome job

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