Jakub Smrz says he could have been celebrating a second career World Superbike pole position had he not made a mistake on his fastest lap during Superpole at Assen.
A year on from his maiden WSBK podium finish around the Dutch circuit, Smrz has been on fine form aboard the PATA B&G Ducati throughout the weekend and was the man to take the fight to Jonathan Rea during Superpole.
However, while it was the Northern Irishman who would prevail eventually, Smrz, who was faster than his rival in three of the five splits, maintains an error cost him the chance to overhaul him.
"We were always in front this weekend, the team has done an amazing job finding the right setup for the bike,” said Smrz, who started from pole position at Misano last season. “I'm sure everybody will fight hard, I think I'll be battling with Corser, Rea and Haslam, who all have the same pace as me, but some other riders might get involved.
“I would have won the Superpole if it wasn't for a small mistake I made in a corner but it's still a very good result. I'll give it my all tomorrow and hopefully will celebrate as I did today.”