Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

2011 World Superbike - Assen Photo Gallery

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

Running just 0.229 seconds behind Ducati's Jakub Smrz was Aprilia's Max Biaggi, who claimed second in the charts.
Alstare Suzuki's Michel Fabrizio saw a dramatic improvement from the morning session to finish fourth in the books behind Yamaha's Marco Melandri.
Ten Kate Honda's Florian Mariono scored the fastst lap during World Suprsport qualifying on Friday.
Leon Camier was more than 1.3 seconds off the pace during Friday's qualifying in Assen.
Honda's Jonathan Rea was more than a second adrift of Smrz on Friday and posted the ninth-fastest lap overall.
Jonathan Rea - Assen 2011
Castrol Honda's Ruben Xaus claimed the 14-quickest lap on Friday during the first qualifying session at Assen.
Carlos Checa nabbed his third pole of the season ahead of Jakub Smrz and Eugene Laverty at the Assen circuit.
After a crash earlier in the day, Aprilia's Max Biaggi scored sixth on the grid during Superpole.
Assen Superpole Podium (from left to right): Jakub Smrz, Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty.
Leon Camier - Assen 2011
Yamaha's Eugene Laverty will start from the front row after trailing Checa in Superpole by 0.288 seconds.
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.”
Ducati's Carlos Checa posted strong results in Assen after taking a difficult win ahead of Aprilia's Max Biaggi in Race 2.
2011 Assen WSB Race 1 podium (from left to right): Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa.
Castrol Honda's Jonathan Rea experienced his first at Assen during Race 1 since Nurburgring in September of 2010.
BMW's Troy Corser and Leon Haslam suffered difficult races at Assen where they had to start from the third row.
Leon Haslam crashed out in Race 1 and was clipped afterwards by Liberty Racing's Jakub Smrz.
Yamaha's Marco Melandri failed to live up to the pace he set at Donington and finished fourth before crashing out in Race 2.
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."
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."
Jonathan Rea celebrates his first win of the 2011 season at Assen.
Jonathan Rea (#4) - Assen 2011
Ruben Xaus - Assen 2011