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Sylvain Guintoli and Jonathan Rea share Dutch wins

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The third round of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship, which saw an overall attendance of 52,252 spectators, reached its climax overnight with the two races held in completely different weather conditions at the Assen TT circuit.

After the victory in the first encounter for Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), Pata Honda‰Ûªs Jonathan Rea came out on top in the rain-hampered, 10 lap Race 2 to secure his fifth WSBK win on his team‰Ûªs home track.

Guintoli claimed victory in the first race of the day at a drying Assen circuit in the Netherlands. The 2013 WSBK runner up climbed on the top step of the podium for the fifth time in his career, the second one this year after the win he scored at Phillip Island in Race 2.

The race was classified dry and as the lights went out it was Guintoli who took the hole-shot with Rea and the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes giving chase.

A red flag in the closing laps as Sykes was closing in on the leading Aprilia riders meant the result would stand with Rea finishing 3rd.

Loris Baz took 4th with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) eventually classified 5th and 6th respectively a great race long battle.

NiccolÌ_ Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) finished a superb 10th position to end the race as the highest EVO category rider.
Jonathan Rea on his way to winning a wet race one - Credit: Supplied
After a lengthy delay because of heavy rain and with conditions visibly better, compared to the situation that forced the Race Direction to red flag the initial race, the riders started a new race two over a race distance of ten laps.

Eventually it was race one podium finisher Rea that emerged victorious ahead of Alex Lowes and Davide Giugliano who completed the podium in tricky conditions.

Rea achieved the 12th WSBK race win of his career, the fifth one at the Assen TT Circuit, whilst Lowes scored his maiden podium finish in the series and Giugliano the first top 3 placement of his new adventure as factory Ducati rider.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a really good weekend. To be honest, our dry pace was OK in race one but Sylvain (Guintoli) made such a fast start that I struggled to go with him." Rea stated. "When Tom (Sykes) went past I made a big mistake but, after that, my pace until the end was quite similar to theirs.

"The win in race two was really special. For the last laps I just tried to be as smart as I could. This win‰Ûªs for all those guys who have worked tirelessly to make the CBR as strong as possible. It‰Ûªs great to be able to give them back some good vibes to roll with into the next part of the season.‰Û

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