WSB 2016: Assen race two results

Tricky conditions see riders dive into the pits mid-race

JONATHAN Rea has done the double at Assen this weekend whilst local rider Michael van der Mark finished on the podium in third place.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Rea took another win in the Netherlands in Race 2 as tricky conditions made tyre decisions vital. Joining Rea on the podium was team-mate Tom Sykes and local van der Mark.

Despite the race looking set to be dry, rain interrupted World Supersport and this saw the second World Superbike race being declared a wet race. Tyre decisions were key in ensuring a safe yet fast race and it was Sylvain Guintoli who shot off the line with the two Kawasaki’s of Sykes and Rea taking the lead with Chaz Davies and van der Mark in hot pursuit. Nicky Hayden also not too far behind.

It was Milwaukee BMW rider Josh Brookes who emerged in the lead after a quick succession of position changing. Damp track conditions certainly suited the BMW and the reigning BSB Champion, but the conditions soon changed. Saturday’s podium finisher Hayden, reigning Champion Rea and local hero van der Mark were the challengers, before Rea and Sykes were the first of the frontrunners to dive into the pits for dry tyres as track conditions improved, followed by van der Mark on the next lap.

As the pack started to shuffle after the tyre changes, Pedercini rider Lucas Mahias found himself at the head of the race, with the Kawasaki duo, Rea and Sykes, hunting him down, followed by van der Mark. As dry tyres became necessary, reigning Champion Rea took control of the race once again to take another win and increasing his Championship lead.

Team-mate Tom Sykes made a well-timed tyre change to come home in second recovering some points after crashing out of race one. Dutch rider van der Mark remembered Saturday’s standing ovation after a crash and kept the Honda on the track to take another home podium, keeping his World Superbike rostrum record at 75% at his home circuit.

2015 STK1000 winner Lorenzo Savadori was another superstar decision maker as the IodaRacing rider took his Aprilia to fourth and his best ever result, followed home by Ducati’s Davies, who was the lead bike for the Borgo Panigale factory once again. Honda rider Hayden, who had been challenging for the lead in the dry, came home sixth after waiting a little too long to change to slicks, mindful of the grey skies ahead.

Alex Lowes made up ground once again to end the race in seventh on his Pata Yamaha in front of Davide Giugliano on the second Ducati. Leon Camier, after giving MV Agusta their best result of fourth in Race 1, again brought home a good haul of points in P9.

Brookes, after leading and impressing in the difficult conditions, sadly crashed out and was unable to complete the race on his Milwaukee BMW, but hopefully will be encourage and optimistic about the BMW after his early pace in the wet conditions.

World Superbikes is back at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola at the end of April.

Race two results:

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing 
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing +2.442s 
3. Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing +15.189s 
4. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Aprilia +25.507s 
5. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati +30.853s 
6. Nicky Hayden USA Honda Racing +36.458s 
7. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha +39.263s 
8. Davide Giugliano ITA Racing Ducati +46.789s 
9. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 +65.023s 
10. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati +65.468s 
11. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Crescent Yamaha +84.948s 
12. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki +95.035s 
13. Lucas Mahias FRA Pedercini Kawasaki +1 lap 
14. Karel Abraham CZE Milwaukee BMW +1 lap 
15. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW +1 lap 
16. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW +1 lap
17. Matthieu Lussiana FRA Team ASPI BMW +1 lap
18. Pawel Szkopek POL Team Toth Yamaha +1 lap
19. Peter Sebesteyen HUN Team Toth Yamaha + 2 laps
20. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Kawasaki +2 laps

DNF. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW
DNF. Matteo Baiocco ITA VFT Ducati

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