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WSBK team by team analysis - Assen

Regis Laconi had good reason to feel slightly hard done by at the end of the weekend, after it ended rather more quietly than it had begun. Competitive through practice, Laconi headed into Superpole with the fastest time of the weekend, but his weekend would unravel from here. Qualifying a surprisingly lowly 12th, Laconi couldn't quite work his way into the battle for a top five finish in race one, instead having to settle for eighth position, admittedly ahead of Michel Fabrizio. Laconi's second race, however, was almost over on lap seven when he joined a number of rivals in suffering a fall. While his perseverance in continuing was almost rewarded by the high attrition rate, he would miss out on a point by a single place.


Suzuki Alstare Brux

Max Neukirchner – 13th, 9th

Yukio Kagayama – DNF, 12th

A very difficult weekend for the Suzuki Alstare Brux team, Max Neukirchner slipped further away from the title fight after crashing in the first race. The German was running second at the time before tumbling out at the final corner, his bike's subsequent bid for freedom ending in the barriers, but not before almost taking Leon Haslam with it. An impressive effort to fight back to 13th, Neukirchner would have been confident for race two, but set-up issues left him down in ninth having managed to get as high as second again. Yukio Kagayama, meanwhile, was another to feel tarmac beneath him in race one, before struggling to 12th in the second – having begun the season with a podium, Kagayama has dropped to 12th in the standings, while Suzuki are being caught by Aprilia in the manufacturer race too.


BMW Alpha Racing

Troy Corser – 10th, 10th

Ruben Xaus – 14th, 11th

Qualifying is once again the buzzword for BMW following Assen after Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus struggled to maintain a consistent pace through the knockout phases. This was a particularly frustrating occurrence for Corser – who was ailing with a broken hand -, after ending Q1 with the second best time before only managing 15th just a few minutes later in Q2. On the flip side, the S1000RR is continuing to run very reliably in the races, even if both Corser and Xaus were only ever on the cusp of the competitive battles. Nonetheless, two tenth place finishes for Corser keep the points ticking over as the team now look ahead to Monza, one of the few circuits the teams knows after testing there a few weeks ago.


Celani Race Suzuki

Karl Muggeridge – 12th, DNF

Having spent the first three rounds understanding a bike they hadn't tested before the opening event, Celani Race used the opportunity between Valencia and Assen to get some mileage under their belt at Monza – and the result was clear to see over the Assen weekend. Immediately more competitive from the opening practice session, Karl Muggeridge crossed the gap that had been separating him from the top twenty with a series of strong lap times. Reaching Superpole for the first time, Muggeridge would go on to qualify 13th and finish 12th to record his and the team's maiden points of the season. Although a fall in race two ended any hopes of a similar performance, it is evident that there is potentially more to come from a invigorated Muggeridge and the privateer Suzuki team.


PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki

Matteo Baiocco – DNF, 14th

PSG-1 Corse came away from the latest round in higher spirits than they began the weekend with after Matteo Baiocco got both himself and the team off the mark at Assen. While much to do with his 14th place was down to a high attrition rate, Baiocco's performance went some way to thanking the team for maintaining their faith in him after dropping Ayrton Badovini prior to the weekend.


Pedercini Kawasaki

Luca Scassa – DNF, 15th

David Salom – 20th, DNF

Like their Kawasaki counterparts, Team Pedercini are on the score sheet for the first time this season after Luca Scassa clung onto 15th and the final point in race two. Hampered by an engine problem that could have seen him finish higher, he was nonetheless able to survive a late charge by Regis Laconi to hold on for an important result. Up to that point, it had been David Salom fronting the Pedercini charged, the Spaniard just missing Superpole, but failing to finish race two when he could have gotten off the mark.


Kawasaki SRT

Makoto Tamada – 17th, DNF

Stuart Easton – 18th, DNF

Having built up some momentum from their top ten finish at Valencia, Kawasaki slipped back into old ways at Assen after suffering from the loss of the injured Broc Parkes. A chance for Makoto Tamada to step into the role of team leader, the Japanese rider missed Superpole again and could do no better than 17th position in the opening race before retiring from the second – for reference, he scored two top ten finishes at Assen twelve months earlier. Stand-in Stuart Easton did a solid job on the second bike after a last-minute call-up, out-qualifying Tamada, but suffering from inexperience when it came to getting the most out of his bike in the race. A very good effort next to his more coveted team-mate, Parkes should nonetheless be back on the bike for Monza.


TKR Switzerland Suzuki

Roland Resch – 21st, 17th

You can't miss his colourful bike, but Roland Resch is a long way from being anything other than a tail-ender as he continues his gradual WSBK induction. Bottom of each session and well over a minute down on the leaders in the races, Resch nonetheless reached the finish line on both occasions and was only two places from a point in race two. Progress, if nothing else.


Yamaha France Ipone

David Checa – 19th, DNF

Although suffering from his late start to the season, David Checa would probably have expected to put in a more convincing performance at Assen. With a few years of experience behind him, Checa didn't challenge for Superpole and was mired in a fight at the bottom end of the top twenty during the first race. A failure to finish in race two almost certainly cost him a chance at points.


Althea Honda

Tommy Hill – DNF, DNF

With rumours swirling about his future in the category, Tommy Hill arrived at Assen with pressure on his shoulders – and two failures to finish won't have helped his cause. Qualifying in a season-best 17th, ahead of a BMW and an Aprilia, was a boon, but a crash on the opening lap of the first race was a missed opportunity for points. The same could be said for race two, Hill heading for a best result of the year before a problem struck on the penultimate lap, leaving him with two DNFs to his name. Althea's home race follows at Monza, and while Hill has stated his intentions to be there, those Lorenzo Lanzi rumours aren't going away.


Squadra Corse Italia Honda

Vittorio Iannuzzo – DNF, DNF



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