TT Assen Circuit
The TT Assen circuit in Holland was dry for the morning’s FP3 session, allowing for Sykes and Reiterberger to try and reconfirm some settings tried during yesterday's free practise sessions. Both riders had a smooth FP3 with Tom Sykes setting the 2nd fastest time. Reiterberger was closely behind in P4.
Hoping to carry on the momentum into the Superpole session, both Tom and Markus looked set for a top 6 finish in the early stages as they posted some quick and competitive times. Going into the final minutes of Superpole it was time to try the Q' tyre which immediately saw the lap times plummet with Reiterberger charging to P3. Tom looked certain for Pole as he went -0.400 fastest in the first sector, unfortunately the session would be prematurely brought to an end with a crash from No.54 Toprak and No.23 Kiyonari meaning he would line up in P6 ahead of the first race.
Shaun Muir – Team Principal
“I am really pleased for Markus to get that front row start. It was a good, clean and solid lap from him. There might have been a little bit more in there but nevertheless a front row start. Flip downside for that was Tom obviously never got the chance to complete his lap which at the time the red flag came out was certainly clearly going to be a pole position for him so that was a real shame.
The rest of the day has been a bit of a hanging around day, kicking our heels and waiting for the outcome from race direction which quite rightly called the end of the racing for the weather conditions.”
Marc Bongers – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director
“We brought more updates for the RR to Assen, which have allowed us to take another step forward. Markus is feeling better all the time on the bike, and it is great to see him secure a place on the front row for the first time. Unfortunately, the red flag came at the wrong time for Tom in Superpole – it was definitely going to be a fantastic lap time.
We then had typically crazy April weather in the afternoon. There was no chance of us going racing when the snow started to fall. We must now hope that the weather is better tomorrow. Our goal is to convert the good performances we have shown so far into corresponding results this weekend.”
Tom Sykes (GBR)
“It was a very strange day considering the weather but having said that I am happy with our progress again over the weekend. The whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team is working again in an effective way. We got a lot of information in FP1 which enabled us to improve the set-up of the BMW S 1000 RR. We’ve been consistently where we needed to be over the course of the weekend. Superpole was going to plan, we put the qualifying tyre in and the bike was on rails. In the first sector it was very easy to ride and the extra grip certainly enabled me to do a few more things with the set-up and the way I rode the bike. Sure the lap time would have been nice and probably could have secured pole position but it is what it is.
I’m mainly disappointed to start from the second row because we have been inside the top three all weekend and then just got caught out with the red flag, but I am confident for the race. I want to get a good start and use the clear track to our advantage. That’s in an ideal world; I just don’t want to get caught up in the turns because with our bike set-up we are able some really good things with the chassis and that’s why I am able to do such a good lap time. So we’ll try to get to the front or into the top three as soon as we can.”
Markus Reiterberger (GER)
“I felt really good all weekend. I am grateful to the team that we have made so much progress. Third place in Superpole was awesome, as I have never started from the front row. We’ve only made a few changes before the third practice session, because it was so cold. The air temperature was zero degrees Celsius or below at times, while the track temperature was just three degrees. It went really well and I was fourth fastest. We started Superpole on race tyres and the first six laps were very good. We then went out on the qualifying tyres really early, which ultimately worked in my favour. When the session was suspended, I was assured of the third spot on the front row. The cancellation of the race was a pity for the fans here but I was honestly pretty glad about the decision. The track conditions were far from ideal and it would not have been without risk to race under these conditions.”