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2011 World Superbike - Assen Photo Gallery

See photos from Round 3 of the 2011 World Superbike Series at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands.

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Running just 0.229 seconds behind Ducati's Jakub Smrz was Aprilia's Max Biaggi, who claimed second in the charts.
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Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio saw a dramatic improvement from the morning session to finish fourth in the books behind Yamaha's Marco Melandri.
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Ten Kate Honda's Florian Mariono scored the fastst lap during World Suprsport qualifying on Friday.
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Leon Camier was more than 1.3 seconds off the pace during Friday's qualifying in Assen.
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Honda's Jonathan Rea was more than a second adrift of Smrz on Friday and posted the ninth-fastest lap overall.
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Jonathan Rea - Assen 2011
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Castrol Honda's Ruben Xaus claimed the 14-quickest lap on Friday during the first qualifying session at Assen.
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Carlos Checa nabbed his third pole of the season ahead of Jakub Smrz and Eugene Laverty at the Assen circuit.
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After a crash earlier in the day, Aprilia's Max Biaggi scored sixth on the grid during Superpole.
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Assen Superpole Podium (from left to right): Jakub Smrz, Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty.
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Leon Camier - Assen 2011
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Yamaha's Eugene Laverty will start from the front row after trailing Checa in Superpole by 0.288 seconds.
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Marco Melandri: “I got a bad start in race one and seemed to be losing feeling in the rear of the bike. By the time I had regained feeling and a good race pace it was too late to push for the podium. In Race two the bike seemed to have a better set up and I managed to get a good start off the grid. I closed in on the leading pack but after the first ten laps I started losing grip in the rear tire. I was keeping an eye on Rea and was planning to close in on him in the last laps but unfortunately without even realizing it, I lost the front and crashed out. I’m very disappointed with this and hope it doesn’t happen again.”
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Ducati's Carlos Checa posted strong results in Assen after taking a difficult win ahead of Aprilia's Max Biaggi in Race 2.
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2011 Assen WSB Race 1 podium (from left to right): Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa.
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Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea experienced his first at Assen during Race 1 since Nurburgring in September of 2010.
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BMW's Troy Corser and Leon Haslam suffered difficult races at Assen where they had to start from the third row.
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Leon Haslam crashed out in Race 1 and was clipped afterwards by Liberty Racing's Jakub Smrz.
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Yamaha's Marco Melandri failed to live up to the pace he set at Donington and finished fourth before crashing out in Race 2.
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Michel Fabrizio: "Generally I am quite pleased with our performance today - especially considering that I had to start from the fourth row of the grid. I didn't make a good start in the first race, but managed to get into fourth by Lap 12. It had taken some time to get past some of the riders, but I was fairly comfortable in fourth until a few laps from the end. My front tire was already moving about a lot by the time Melandri came past and although I tried to catch him again, the tire wasn't up to it; so I had to be satisfied with fifth instead."
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Eugene Laverty: "“I was doing really well until mid way through Race 1 when I started suffering from chatter and losing balance due to displacement in the rear tire. I struggled for the second half of the race and managed to finish in seventh position. Race 2 was more consistent even if a little slower. We made the wrong choice of tires on the front but I’m still getting used to Superbike tires and knowing what I need to use as the temperatures change."
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Jonathan Rea celebrates his first win of the 2011 season at Assen.
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Jonathan Rea (#4) - Assen 2011
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Ruben Xaus - Assen 2011