Dutch WorldSBK Superpole results | Razgatlioglu breaks lap record for Assen pole

The perfect conditions of Friday remained for Saturday morning’s WSBK Superpole session in Assen, but that did not mean it was a straightforward session.

Toprak Razgatlioglu, 2022 Assen WorldSBK.

The early pace was set by Toprak Razgatlioglu, but almost immediately after he set the first 1’33 of the weekend, the session was somewhat interrupted by yellow flags at the Ramshoek for a crash for Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

It was a costly crash for Rinaldi, who was on a personal best lap, sitting behind his teammate Alvaro Bautista, when he crashed. Of course, the ‘one bike rule’ for WorldSBK meant there was no chance for Rinaldi to get back out in the session to compete for the top positions on the grid for the first two races of the weekend. 

But the headlines were made by the reigning champion, Razgatlioglu, who obliterated the lap record with a 1’32.934, taking pole position by almost half-a-second ahead of Alex Lowes. 

The front row was completed by Jonathan Rea, while Andrea Locatelli and Alvaro Bautista will start the first two races of the weekend ahead of Garrett Gerloff on the second row. 

Loris Baz reassumed his now traditional position as top BMW in seventh place, ahead of Iker Lecuona and Axel Bassani on row three. 

Lucas Mahias completed the qualifying top 10, and will start alongside Philipp Oettl and the aforementioned Rinaldi on the fourth row. 

Scott Redding’s BMW adaptation continued to suffer, as he showed visible frustration throughout the session, and ended up two seconds off the pace in 13th. 

Full Assen Superpole times are below.

2022 WorldSBK Championship | Assen, Netherlands | Superpole RESULTS

2022 WorldSBK Championship | Assen, Netherlands | Superpole RESULTS | Round 2 / 12
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata YamahaYamaha R11'32.934
2Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1'33.412
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1'33.621
4Andrea LocatelliITAPata YamahaYamaha R11'33.888
5Alvaro BautistaESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1'33.018
6Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11'34.175
7Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1'34.453
8Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1'34.543
9Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1'34.666
10Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1'34.702
11Philipp OettlGERTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1'34.813
12Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1'35.045
13Scott ReddingGBRBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1'35.047
14Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1'35.199
15Michael van der MarkNEDBMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1'35.206
16Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11'35.215
17Leon HaslamGBRTPR Pedercini RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1'35.590
18Gabriele RuiuITABMax RacingBMW M 1000 RR1'35.761
19Leandro MercadoARGMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1'35.956
20Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor SportYamaha R11'36.000
21Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing TeamYamaha R11'36.213
22Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R1'36.553
23Oliver KonigCZEOrelac VerdNaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1'37.027
DNQEugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RRNo lap time
DNQLuca BernardiSMRBarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 RNo lap time