WSBK

Jonathan Rea Stretches Early Season Points Lead With Double Win At Assen

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Jonathan Rea (KRT) made it six wins from eight starts in the FIM Superbike Championship since he joined Kawasaki, taking the chequered flag each time after two exciting and often tense racing at Assen in the Netherlands.

Rea was the start-to-finish leader in race one though the British rider had to turn up the pace in the final laps of each race to keep ahead of eventual second place rider Chaz Davies, setting a new lap record of 1‰Ûª35.889 on lap 20 of the first race to make sure of his opening win.

Thanks to his latest successes Rea is now 50 points ahead in the championship table after scoring his 49th and 50th podium places in WSB today. He has a total of 190 points; Leon Haslam has 140, Chaz Davies 123 and Sykes 88.

‰ÛÏI feel awesome to win two races here." Rea admitted. "Today has been amazing and like in Thailand I need to sit down and savour this moment.

"There was a lot of pressure on me coming here, everyone talking about how Assen was my circuit, so I am just happy to deliver. We chose a different rear tyre in race two and it worked out well.

"Race two was slightly different because I knew Tom would be fast in the beginning. The race was a bit faster at the start and slower at the end because of that. When Chaz put a pass on me and I saw Tom slowing I knew that it could end up to be a messy fight so I wanted to get straight back into the lead and make it my race.

"This one is for all my mechanics who have been working tirelessly and all the people at KHI. Hopefully now we can go to Imola and do a similar job - but this one feels very special.‰Û
Chaz Davies secured his first podium result at Assen
Chaz Davies was happy with his results having secured his first ever podium result at Assen.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm very happy with today, also because it‰Ûªs the first time I‰Ûªve stepped up to the Assen podium in Superbike." Davis said. "I‰Ûªm pleased because I know we did all we could today, Rea was just a little stronger.

"In race 1, we were fairly confident with our rear tyre choice, having tested it over the weekend, but the problem was at the other end.

"In race 2 the bike and tyre were better, we definitely made a step forward but there was no catching Rea.

"Now I can‰Ûªt wait to head to Imola, Ducati‰Ûªs home circuit and a track where we were able to do well last year.‰Û
Michael Van der Mark rounded out the podium in both races
Michael van der Mark took his maiden World Superbike championship podium in the first of two fourth-round races at Assen in the Netherlands this afternoon and followed it with another in the second outing in front of a delighted home crowd.

After starting from fifth place on the grid in his World Superbike debut at the 4.542km Assen circuit, the 22-year-old Pata Honda rider finished third in both thrilling 21-lap outings, becoming the first Dutch rider ever to stand on a World Superbike podium.

"Race one was amazing and I‰Ûªm glad we were able to be fast because we saw how consistent Jonathan [Rea] was yesterday." Van der Mark commented. "My start wasn‰Ûªt great, but I had a good pace and was able to get back to the front group step by step.

"To be able to take my first podium here at my home round with a Dutch team and all the sponsors was amazing. In race two, Leon [Haslam] and I had a nice fight ‰ÛÒ we were strong in different parts of the track ‰ÛÒ but I knew I had to get by him. I passed him in the Ramshoek on the last lap and then into the chicane he came around the outside. We both braked really late and had to sit up but

"I‰Ûªm really happy with the two podiums here. It‰Ûªs way better than I could have expected this weekend. I must thank the team for giving me a really good CBR, and now I‰Ûªm really looking forward to Imola.

"On the cool-down lap it was great to see so many fans on the track waving the Dutch flags. I‰Ûªm really proud that so many people came.

Aprilia's Leon Haslam and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes finished 4th and 5th respectivley in both races.
WSBK Podium
Race 1 Results:
1 Jonathan Rea 33m48.898s GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Chaz Davies 1.098 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3 Michael van der Mark 4.140 NED HONDA Pata Honda
4 Leon Haslam 4.517 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5 Tom Sykes 6.140 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
6 Jordi Torres 11.007 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
7 Xavi Fores 15.029 DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
8 Sylvain Guintoli 17.718 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
9 Nicolas Terol 22.706 ESP DUCATI Althea Racing
10 Leon Camier 22.867 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
11 Leandro Mercado 29.884 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
12 Matteo Baiocco 36.816 DUCATI Althea Racing
13 Roman Ramos 37.190 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven
14 David Salom 46.675 ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
15 Niccolo Canepa 1'14.271 ITA EBR Team Hero EBR

Race 2 Results
1 Jonathan Rea 33'51.013 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Chaz Davies 0.439 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3 Michael van der Mark 2.831 NED HONDA Pata Honda
4 Leon Haslam 2.992 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
5 Tom Sykes 6.508 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
6 Jordi Torres 7.092 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
7 Sylvain Guintoli 11.190 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
8 Xavi Fores 15.636 DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
9 Alex Lowes 16.402 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
10 Leon Camier 18.505 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
11 Matteo Baiocco 21.459 DUCATI Althea Racing
12 Ayrton Badovini 21.977 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
13 David Salom 22.082 ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
14 Leandro Mercado 22.928 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
15 Roman Ramos 41.801 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven

Championship Standings After Round 5
1 Jonathan Rea - 190 pts
2 Leon Haslam - 140 pts
3 Chaz Davies - 123 pts
4 Tom Sykes - 88 pts
5 Jordi Torres - 83 pts
6 Sylvain Guintoli - 65 pts
7 Michael van der Mark - 60 pts
8 Nicolas Terol - 48 pts
9 Matteo Baiocco - 47 pts
10 Leandro Mercado - 45 pts
11 Alex Lowes - 42 pts
12 Xavi Fores - 38 pts
13 Leon Camier - 33 pts
14 David Salom - 29 pts
15 Roman Ramos - 20 pts

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