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New section creating challenges for riders

The new Ruskenhoek chicane is proving popular with some riders, but less so with others...
The revised Ruskenhoek chicane has received mixed reviews from a riders following the first day of World Superbike action at Assen, as lap times tumbled across the board.

Alterations to the corner, which has made it less angular – and therefore faster – have seen times drop by approximately two seconds.

It is a change that has received a thumbs up from both Leon Haslam and Troy Corser, who appreciate the faster layout of the bend, even if they admit it is posing something of a technical challenge too.

“The new section of the track is going to improve the lap times for sure,” Haslam said. “It's still quite technical and high-speed, but that's the kind of corner I like.”

“The new section of the track is faster, but I am not sure if it is better to go in fast and exit slow or the other way round,” BMW's Corser added.

”In the race it could be a new passing place and that's good because there aren't many passing places around here. The track felt quite grippy today, especially in one area where I think there is some new tarmac.”

Noriyuki Haga however, who found himself down in 14th position at the end of provisional qualifying, is less appreciative of the changes, admitting it is precisely where he is losing his time.

“I'm still trying to understand how best to tackle the new corner, I don't especially like that point of the track and I'm losing precious tenths in the second split. We have however improved somewhat during the day and I know we can perform better tomorrow, I just need more time on the track but I'm feeling confident.”

The previous fastest WSBK lap around the Dutch circuit was 1min 37.626secs set by Ben Spies last season, while Troy Corser has already got the best time down to 1min 35.621secs this weekend.


Tagged as: BMW , Haga , Haslam , Assen

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