The leaden sky welcomed the Superbike riders, who took to the track for the second free practice session at the Assen circuit. In the first minutes they pushed everyone to find a good time trial in case of rain, but the sun started to peep out, allowing the session to run smoothly. This afternoon session bears the signature of Jonathan Rea, who returns to dictate the law in front of an excellent Garrett Gerloff.
The reigning world champion stops the clock at 1’34 ”391 despite a great risk taken during the session with a masterfully saved boat, and has lowered the time of the morning by imposing his own pace. Garrett Gerloff must be joined, but he remains 121 thousandths from the top and manages to be the best Yamaha of the afternoon.
The American in this second session appears decidedly more effective than his brand-mate and world leader: Toprak Razgatlioglu does not go beyond the fifth time in this session as well, paying 364 thousandths from his direct rival in the standings. A surprising Alvaro Bautista and Tom Sykes precede him. The Spaniard, who had dominated here at Assen in 2019 with Ducati, flies in today’s second session and stops in third position, three and a half from Rea. The Honda rider precedes the British, who is once again in good shape and is in fourth position.
Lucas Mahias also shows an excellent state of form, who remains behind Razgatlioglu but still manages to grab a sixth place becoming in fact the second Kawasaki rider also in the second free practice session. The Frenchman manages to be effective despite a crash at the beginning of the session which, however, does not seem to have penalized him too much. Behind him we find the pair of factory Ducati, which remained more late in the Dutch afternoon.
In fact, to find the first Panigale V4R we have to scroll to the seventh position, where Scott Redding is. The Englishman, dominator of the first session, pays just over half a second from the top and precedes his teammate by 41 thousandths. Michael Ruben Rinaldi closes the second free practice session with the eighth time trial, also five tenths behind the leader. To close the top 10 we find Alex Lowes, also a bit in trouble this Friday in Assen and only ninth, and Michael van der Mark, tenth in front of his audience.
Difficult round for Leon Haslam, who had proved effective in the first round but then remained late in the afternoon, finishing in 11th position. Same fate for Chaz Davies, who had shown himself in excellent shape this morning, but in FP2 he does not go beyond the 14th time.