WorlSBK Assen FP1 Results | Scott Redding, Ducati hit the front at Assen

Scott Redding leads a Ducati 1-3-4 in first free practice for the 2021 Assen WorldSBK round with Jonathan Rea penetrating the block in second.

Scott Redding - Ducati WorldSBK 2021

Scott Redding has started as he means to go on for Round 5 of the 2021 WorldSBK Championshio by scoring the fastest time in first free practice at Assen.

The series’ first visit to the Dutch venue since 2019 after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s event, though this is Redding’s first outing at Assen on a WorldSBK-spec Ducati, he did score a trio of wins there on the BSB-spec Ducati two years ago.

Looking for a boost to his fortunes after a difficult Donington Park weekend, Redding was in fine form as he lowered his best lap to 1m 34.591secs in the closing laps to fend off Jonathan Rea’s rapid final effort on the KawasakI ZX-10RR.

A close session with only one second covering first to 13th, it was a strong start to the weekend all round for Ducati with Chaz Davies up in third on the Go Eleven Panigale, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi was fourth fastest.

Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu popped in the fifth fastest time as the best of the Yamaha contingent, ahead of top BMW rider Tom Sykes in sixth and newly-signed for 2022 Yamaha rider Garrett Gerloff in seventh.

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Leon Haslam led the Honda challenge in eighth, well up on Alvaro Bautista - a triple winner with Ducati at Assen in 2019 - the Spaniard only able to manage 15th fastest.

Lucas Mahias and Andrea Locatelli rounded out the top ten positions on the privateer Puccetti Kawasaki and factory Yamaha.

There were no fallers during the session but - just as they were for MotoGP - stewards are being strict with track limits, with nine riders having lap times cancelled as a result of running off largely at Turn 17.

2021 WorldSBK Assen | Free Practice 1 [FP1] RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Assen | Free Practice 1 [FP1] RESULTS | Round 5 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.591
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 34.669
3Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.971
4Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.019
5Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 35.050
6Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 35.117
7Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 35.150
8Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.173
9Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 35.279
10Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 35.316
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 35.320
12Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 35.467
13Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 35.530
14Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 35.681
15Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.024
16Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 36.135
17Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.359
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 36.652
20Andrea MantovaniITAVince64KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.146
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.995