Fantasy Superbike Assen Highs & Lows

April 26, 2010
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Jonathan Rea – Double Win (55-points A-Rider) Heeeere’s Johnny! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s JR and he’s back with a vengeance, chopping down the door of despair and chasing down the elusive victory like a deranged hatchet-wielding lunatic. He’s back, he’s fast and he doesn’t really drink much at all.
Hannspree Ten Kate Hondas Jonathan Rea celebrates after winning the first World Superbike double of his career at Assen.
That’s right, Johnny-Boy, throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care. Rea had an almost perfect weekend after winning his first Superpole then scoring a double podium.

Despite your preconceived notions that all Irishmen like to imbibe, Rea admitted on the podium that he doesn’t care much for libations. But I digress…What he does care about his taking his first career double in World Superbike at the Ten Kate Team’s home race. His effort didn’t come a moment too soon as the entire Fantasy Superbike world was ready to write him off. Impressive from start to finish, we expect Rea to be in contention for a few podiums here and there now that he has his CBR1000RR sorted out. For two wins and the fastest lap in Race 2, Rea almost tallied max points with 55.

James Toseland 2-3 (36-points A-Rider) The former world champion is finding his form after struggling to come to grips with the R1 and the podiums are starting to come. It’s time to climb on the J-Train, so if you spent some A-Rider picks on the fastest pianist on the planet then you were rewarded with his highest Fantasy Superbike point output of the year. The question now is, what will he do for his encore?

Carlos Checa 4-6 (28-points B-Rider) Any time you can get more than 20-points from your B-Riders you have to be pleased. His fastest lap performance in Race 1 was good for an extra five. Checa continues to be the shining star of the B-pile.
Troy Corser 5-5 (22-pointsB-Rider) It would have been nice to see Corser bull his way onto the podium but a pair of fifths is about as much as you can expect from a B-Rider selection. Keeping pushing Troy, the first podium for the S1000RR is in sight.

Leon Haslam 11-2 (25-points A-Rider) If you were lucky enough to only pick Haslam in Race 2 then you don’t have anything to complain about because points are points. Where he hurt you is in the team score, because his Alstare Suzuki teammate didn’t do much to help on that side of the equation in Assen.

Leon Camier 3–DNF (16-points A-Rider) Leon II was on the verge of establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with until he shot himself to the moon in Race 2. We’re not sure how

Aprilia factory rookie Leon Camier earned his first trip to the World Superbike podium in Race 1 at Assen.
So close, and yet so far. Aprilia’s Leon Camier was on his way to earning two trips to the podium after passing Toseland late in Race 2 before wiping out big on the penultimate lap.

many hand-crafted, I mean, homologated RSV4 motorcycles are at Aprilia HQ but we do know there’s one less of them available now.

Leon Haslam 11-2 (25-points A-Rider)
In most cases this wouldn’t be a bad result but when you are talking about the highest scoring rider in the game, the rider who is leading the championship and helping to propel many a Fantasy Superbike team to the top of the charts with his early season performance…It wouldn’t be a surprise if more than a few players were left feeling a little deflated after Race 1. Apparently his front tire had a slow leak in it. If that’s not low, we don’t know what is.

Max Biaggi 6-4 (23-points A-Rider) With such high expectations on the Emperor, it barely seems fair that we lump him into the Lows pile after a steady 23-point effort this past weekend. However, like Haslam, the bar is set high and we expect to see the feisty Italian on the podium in every race at this point. Anything less is a disappointment.

Jakub Smrz 7– 7 (18-points B-Rider) After qualifying so well we expected Yak-Ob to at least challenge for a podium finish. Instead, he lured us in with false promises and shallow statistics during his impressive Superpole effort. On one hand, 18 points from any B-Rider is worthwhile; on the other hand we can’t help but feel he left a few points on the table.

Noriyuki Haga 10–DNF (6-points A-Rider)
Maybe we can attribute Haga’s miserable season to the runner-up hangover. I don’t think Nitro has any luck left in him, maybe his karma tank is running on empty these days. Whatever the reason, the

Michel Fabrizio looks to be a strong title contender in 2010.
Enquiring minds want to know what’s up with the Xerox Ducati squad this year. The privateer Althea Ducati team has out-performed the factory squad in virtually every race.

Xerox Ducati rider is having a season to forget as he demonstrated this weekend by barely salvaging a top ten in Race 1 then experiencing engine issues in Race 2. We hate to say it but Haga was the biggest disappointment at Assen.

Michel Fabrizio 13-12 (7-points A-Rider) However, Fabrizio seems to really want to take the biggest loser title away from his teammate. I half expect to see Fabreeze pouring sugar into Haga’s tank before the start of the race or something! Either way, Haga scored one more point than he did in two races. Pathetic only scratches the surface here.

Cal Crutchlow 8–DNF (8-points A-Rider) For someone with a pedigree like his, it certainly is disheartening to see a former champion flounder like Crutchlow is in his Rookie superbike season. His top ten finish gave us hope there was light at the end of the tunnel, but his DNF made us realize it was just a train coming to smash our hopes to smithereens. It makes me

The Hannspree Ten Kate umbrella girls had reason to smile after their rider Jonathan Rea posted a double victory in Assen.
May good fortune smile on you as you ponder your next Fantasy Superbike picks.

think of that used car commercial back in the mid-70s: If you want to waste an A-pick, go see Cal.

Xerox Ducati Team (10-13-DNF-12  – 13-points total) Refer to the top two Busts in this section. The Xerox Team is struggling mightily these days so until they show us something we recommend spending team picks elsewhere for now.
Kawasaki WRST Team 12-17-14-DNF (6-points) Where do we even begin? It’s great that Kawasaki has a presence in the Superbike paddock and it’s great they have a rider like Vermeulen on the roster. Why then is it so hard for this team to score some points?

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