WSBK: Rea does the double in mixed conditions

Rea race two
Rea leads the way in Holland Photo: KRT

Reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea took his second victory of the weekend at Assen in mixed conditions, as riders were forced to go into the pits and change tyres as rain fell this morning.

The Kawasaki Racing team duo of Rea and Tom Sykes had a strong start off the line, as Sylvain Guintoli got an awful start off the line.


Riders were being very cautious on opening lap as damp conditions on intermediate tyres left, meaning there were very few risks were taken.

Despite the fast pace being set by riders it was difficult to judge who had a strong pace as the tyre change was inevitable, but it was the KRT riders leading the way ahead of Xavi Fores. 


After his heartbreak yesterday, home hero Michael van der Mark was up into second position and began to hunt down Sykes in the lead on the fourth lap. Further down the field Milwaukee BMW’s Josh Brookes was setting the fastest lap and moved up into sixth position.

It didn’t take long for Brookes to fly up into the front and led the race on the fifth lap of 21 ahead of van der Mark on the Honda.



Seeming to settle into a strong pace and a comfortable order as the KRT riders began to slip down the order, which led to them entering the pits and changing their tyres before the half way point of the race. It was clear the tyre change was necessary as Sykes and Rea were soon setting the fastest laps down in 9th and 10th.



Despite keeping up the pace at the front, Brookes and Davies simultaneously entered the pits with ten laps remaining. However it was only one lap later that Brookes crashed out of the race, missing out on his best ever WSBK finish.



Normal order was quickly resumed as Rea and Sykes took the lead and never looked back, with Rea taking his second consecutive double win at the historic Dutch track.

van der Mark made up for his disappointing day on Saturday as he secured third position in front of his home fans with Lorenzo Savadori putting in a solid effort for fourth position.

Championship contender Davies rounded out the top five ahead of Nicky Hayden in sixth.



1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 21 laps
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +2.442s
3. Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing CBR1000RR +15.189s
4. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +25.507s
5. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati 1199R +30.853s
6. Nicky Hayden USA Honda Racing CBR1000RR +36.458s
7. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +39.263s
8. Davide Giugliano ITA Racing Ducati 1199R +46.789s
9. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +65.023s
10. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati 1199R +65.468s
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +84.948s
12. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R +95.035s
13. Lucas Mahias FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1 lap
14. Karel Abraham CZE Milwaukee BMW S1000RR +1 lap
15. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +1 lap

16. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW S1000RR +1 lap
17. Matthieu Lussiana FRA Team ASPI BMW S1000RR +1 lap
18. Pawel Szkopek POL Team Toth Yamaha R1 +1 lap
19. Peter Sebesteyen HUN Team Toth Yamaha R1 +2 laps
20. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R +2 laps

Not classified
Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW S1000RR 13 laps completed
Matteo Baiocco ITA VFT Ducati 1199R 11 laps completed

Did not start
Josh Hook AUS Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R

Ruled out by injury
Alex de Angelis RSM IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4


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