As Ramon Forcada joins the team Klaffi
Throughout the last 15 years, the Assen round has become a favourite on the Superbike calendar. This year Assen has a modified race track.
The original course with its almost 6 kilometres was shortened to a more modest distance of
4.555 km. So the TT Circuit at Assen is a new track for the Superbike riders.
In Free Practice yesterday morning Alex had to get acquainted to the course. And he did it rather well. With a 1'41.227 lap time he was second fastest after Troy Bayliss. In the first Qualifying later in the afternoon Alex improved his lap time. With a 1'40.415 he finished 5th.
Team Manager Klaus Klaffenböck said: "The first sessions today were rather okay for us. Position 5 in Friday's Qualifying is much better than at the last two events. – The conditions are nearly perfect and additional to this there is a new team member to join us. It is our new crew chief Ramon Forcada. He worked several years for Alex in MotoGP and will be with us at Assen, Imola and Magny Cours.
So Ramon has two jobs from now just to the end of the season. He is working for Casey Stoner in MotoGP and for Team Klaffi Honda in World's Superbike."