WorldSBK Assen R2 2 Results | Rea hat-trick as Razgatlioglu taken out by Gerloff

Jonathan Rea completes hat-trick of WorldSBK wins at Assen; Toprak Razgatlioglu crashes out after collision with Yamaha stablemate Garrett Gerloff

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki WorldSBK 2021, Assen

Jonathan Rea has multiplied his advantage at the head of the 2021 WorldSBK Championship standings after claiming his third win of the weekend in Assen, but the big story of the day was a controversial coming together between Yamaha pair Garrett Gerloff and Toprak Razgatlioglu, one that eliminated the latter title contender.

Having come into the Dutch WorldSBK weekend with a slender advantage over six-time champion Rea, Razgatlioglu would find himself on the back foot relative to his Kawasaki rival throughout the event.

However, after limiting the damage by finishing second and third to Rea’s victories in Race 1 and the Superpole Race, disaster would strike in Race 2 when an over-eager Gerloff speared up the inside of his Yamaha counterpart into the Turn 1 right-hander, making firm contact into the side of the R1.

Sending Razgatlioglu down into his first DNF of the season, the incident puts a huge dent in his title hopes and will raise more questions in Gerloff’s direction having already been involved in sloppy collisions this season with Rea in Aragon and Michael Ruben Rinaldi in Estoril.

Gerloff for his part in the incident was handed a long-lap penalty before crashing out altogether with 10 laps to go, the American - looking very distraught as he walked through the gravel trap - no doubt priming himself for a rubbing down by Yamaha this evening.

Nevertheless, there was still some reason to smile for Yamaha in the aftermath, after Andrea Locatelli emerged from the melee in the lead of a WorldSBK race for the first time. Though Locatelli’s WorldSBK initiation hasn’t sparkled so far this year, a fifth and fourth so far this weekend suggested the Italian had turned a corner.

However, Locatelli would still cause a stir by not only building on his early advantage but going on to hold firm out front for a full 11 laps before eventually being overtaken by Rea, who had clawed up from eighth on lap one to move ahead at the halfway stage and protect his lead to the end.

With his main rival out and three wins in the bag, Rea has turned a two point deficit into a 37 point advantage over the two days. Round 6 takes place at the newly-included Most circuit in the Czech Republic.

In second position, Scott Redding fought back from a modest start to bump ‘star of the show’ Locatelli down another place, the 2020 WorldSSP Champion nonetheless holding on for third and his first WorldSBK podium.

Chaz Davies ended his weekend on a high with a fighting ride to fourth from ninth on the grid, much like Alvaro Bautista who after crashes in races one and two, strung it together for a run to fifth in the final encounter.

Michael van der Mark bounced back from his Superpole Race tumble for sixth, ahead of Alex Lowes, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Axel Bassani and Leon Haslam.

Tom Sykes ran inside the top ten until he fell at the Geert TImmer chicane coming into the final lap. He crossed the line 15th, behind Tito Rabat, Kohta Nozane, Tati Mercado and Isaac Vinales.

2021 WorldSBK Assen | Race 2 RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Assen | Race 2 RESULTS | Round 5 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR22 Laps
2Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.605
3Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R1+3.431
4Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R+8.695
5Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+9.584
6Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+12.691
7Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR+12.992
8Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+13.752
9Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R+19.087
10Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R+19.629
11Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+20.974
12Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1+34.615
13Leandro MercadoARGMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+35.640
14Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR+38.917
15Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR+47.840
16Andrea MantovaniITAVince64KawasakI ZX-10RR+1m >
17Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR+1m >
DNFGarrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1CRASH
DNFToprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R1CRASH
DNSLucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR 
DNSJonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR