Haga is the last Yamaha rider to win at Assen in World Superbike, and that win came back in the early 'noughties' when the Assen circuit was far more challenging and he was riding the glorious R7 750cc Superbike.

As many fans may remember he also suffered a humiliating crash here in the wet a couple of years ago while he was trying to chase down the points lead of the already crashed Troy Bayliss.

This weekend though the No 41 Yamaha R1 has been quick from the off, and but for a Ducati wipeout in Saturday's early qualifying session, appears to be Troy Bayliss's main rival for victory.

His Superpole lap was very clean and controlled and the Japanese rider is confident in his choices of tyres. All this after suffering a nasty looking crash on Friday. Nothing is ever dull in "Haga land" it seems.

"This is my first front row start of the year," said Haga. "I am already happy with the bike settings so am ready for the race.

"The lap times are very close between the top men so I will try and ride aggressively from the front row and go for the best result possible."

Believe it or not Troy Corser has never won a race at Assen in WSBK, admittedly the Australian was around in the era dominated by Carl Fogarty and Ducati, but it is a staggering statistic nevertheless.

He starts tomorrow's races from fourth onthe grid and after spending a lot of time in practice working away on setting the bike up, made a typically 'Corser-esque" Superpole lap to nab the final front row slot.

"I knew we could go quick in Superpole," admitted Corser. "I spent most of today sorting out the grip problems we had all day on Friday.

"I went back to a setting that I know works and that helped a lot. The Superpole lap was good and it's important to be on the front row here, the first corner is tight and I don't want to let anyone get away at the front."



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