TT Assen Circuit
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today concluded the opening day of Free Practice at the historic TT Assen Circuit inside the top 6 places. Following the success of the previous round at Donington Park, the duo of Tom Sykes and local hero Michael van der Mark were eager to replicate this going into FP1 this morning. Tom Sykes was fast out the box and quickly adapted his BMW M 1000 RR to the 4.542m circuit, lapping consistently in the 1’35.00’s. His best lap came in at 1’35.117, placing him in P6. Michael van der Mark struggled to find a good setting during FP1 as he found himself in P11, just out the top 10 with a 1’35.320.
The pace intensified going into the final free practice session of the day with the top 10 places covered by only half a second. Tom Sykes was the fastest of the BMW’s overall as he improved on his time set this morning, dipping into the sub 1’35.000’s with a 1’34.753 to put him in P5 overall. Michael equally improved on his time from this morning as he made some solid steps forward with him BWW M1000 RR. His overall position – P11.