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WSS Assen: Antonelli beats Iddon to provisional pole

26 April 2013

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Andrea Antonelli has taken provisional pole position for the third round of the World Supersport Championship at Assen after emerging on top of another very wet session.

The Go Eleven Kawasaki rider, who scored a career-best WSS finish of fourth place last time out at Motorland Aragon, came into session having been second fastest in the damp FP1, form he would go on to replicate in the wetter Q1.

Jumping top in the closing stages, he finish ahead of the rider that beat him to the top spot in FP1 Christian Iddon, the ParkinGO MV Agusta rider fast once again around the circuit he claimed a British Supersport victory last season.

A somewhat unexpected top three was completed by Mathew Scholtz on the little fancied Suriano Suzuki, the South African taking advantage of the levelling conditions to haul the GSX-R600 up into the upper echelons of the order.

Kenan Sofuoglu was the fastest of the title contenders in fourth place, though his series leading Mahi Kawasaki team-mate Fabien Foret once again opted to stay dry in the pit garage rather than venture onto circuit, the Frenchman no doubt hoping conditions are better for Q2 or face starting from the back of the grid.

Home hope Michael van der Mark rounded out the top five, ahead of Italian trio Alex Baldolini, Roberto Rolfo and Raffaele de Rosa, while Vladimir Leonov – who made history by becoming the first Russian to claim a WSS podium in last year's Assen race – was ninth and Gabor Talmacsi tenth.

Sam Lowes, meanwhile, was 27th fastest after completing just two laps.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the session saw its fair share of crashes, including falls for van der Mark, Matt Davies, Fabio Menghi, Nacho Calero Perez, Luca Scassa and Balazs Nemeth.