Lorenzo Lanzi has given an indication that he could be a reckoned force on his return to World Supersport Championship competition this weekend after topping second free practice at a rainy Assen.
The Italian, a three-time race winner at WSBK level, is making his first appearance in the Supersport series for eight years after being drafted into the available spot at ProRace Honda.
Though a slow start placed him down in 21st position during provisional qualifying, Lanzi appeared far more assured in the wet conditions of FP2 as he cruised to the fastest time, a result that will be a substantial boost for both himself and the rookie WSS team.
Having dominated proceedings during FP1 and Q1, Sam Lowes maintained his presence towards the front of the field with the second best time, though the Briton was one of five riders to take a tumble in the treacherous conditions.
Behind him, Balazs Nemeth and Vladimir Leonov were third and fourth fastest on their respective Toth Honda and Yakhnich Yamaha machines, ahead of Broc Parkes, Jules Cluzel, Kenan Sofuoglu and Sheridan Morais, while Andrea Antonelli and Josh Day completed the top ten positions.