Bayliss tops Assen times

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Troy Bayliss has gone fastest in the opening practice session for the Assen World Superbike round, reassured, no doubt, by the anouncement of a two-year extension of his contract with Ducati.

The 27-year-old Australian lapped in a time of 1:40.692, ahead of Alex Barros with 1:41.227 and Noriyuki Haga with 1:41.417, as the riders adapted to the revised layout of the Dutch circuit for the first time. Regis Laconi and Yukio Kagayama rounded out the top five.

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James Toseland was eighth fastest at the home round of his Ten Kate Honda team with 1:41.704. Fellow Brit chris Walker was 16th on the PSG-1 Kawasaki with 1:42.672, while Craig Jones was in the 27th and last place with 1:46.381 on the Foggy Petronas bike, behind local rider Harry Van Beek.

Bayliss T. 1'40.692

Barros A. 1'41.227

Haga N. 1'41.417

Laconi R. 1'41.518

Kagayama Y. 1'41.541

Lanzi L. 1'41.563

Corser T. 1'41.594

Toseland J. 1'41.704

Xaus R. 1'41.805

Fabrizio M. 1'41.985

Pitt A. 1'41.986

Muggeridge K. 1'42.201

Nieto F. 1'42.300

Abe N. 1'42.619

Walker C. 1'42.672

Gimbert S. 1'42.745

Chili P. 1'42.757

Martin S. 1'43.136

Rolfo R. 1'43.162

Iannuzzo V. 1'43.201

Clementi I. 1'44.147

Brookes J. 1'44.260

Neukirchner M. 1'44.338

Nakatomi S. 1'44.545

Borciani M. 1'44.605

Van Beek H. 1'45.650

Jones C. 1'46.381

In World Supersport, Barry Veneman heads the field on the Hoegee Suzuki GSX-R600, from a trio of Hondas ridden by Robin Harms, Sebastien Charpentier and Yvon Tiberiro. Kevin curtain and Broc Parkes round out the top six for Yamaha.

Top Brit is Stuart Easton in 29th, with Tom Tunstall 33rd.

Veneman B. 1'43.304

Harms R. 1'43.586

Charpentier S. 1'43.736

Tiberio Y. 1'43.754

Curtain K. 1'43.882

Parkes B. 1'44.034

Vos A. 1'44.135

Andersen K. 1'44.265

Stigefelt J. 1'44.348

Sofuoglu K. 1'44.521

Checa D. 1'44.562

Berger M. 1'44.567

Vizziello G. 1'44.779

Roccoli M. 1'45.011

Zaiser C. 1'45.069

Lagrive M. 1'45.076

Fujiwara K. 1'45.187

Le Grelle S. 1'45.417

Nannelli G. 1'45.643

Kallio V. 1'45.857

Lauslehto T. 1'45.887

Alfonsi L. 1'46.200

Sanchini M. 1'46.255

Enjolras J. 1'46.293

Veijer J. 1'46.344

Chambon S. 1'46.556

Peris C. 1'46.831

Velini A. 1'46.900

Easton S. 1'47.035

De Angelis W. 1'47.119

Duterne S. 1'47.377

Praia M. 1'47.536

Tunstall T. 1'48.299

Nedog L. 1'48.736

Ivanov V. 1'49.092

Leblanc G. 1'49.469

Berta A. 1'50.548

Aldrovandi A. 1'51.252

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