2016 Assen World Superbike Race One Results: Cold And Windy But Dry

Twenty-one dry laps of a cold and windy Assen and the riders don't have much dry data from this weekend.

Tom Sykes took the lead from pole position with Jonathan Rea making an excellent start from the second row squeezing into second place ahead of Davide Giugliano and Sylvain Guintoli. Chaz Davies, Michael van der Mark, Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes made up the top eight, but on the first lap, Davies got past Guintoli and found himself in third place when Giugliano made a mistake and lost four places.

On the second lap, Rea took the lead when Sykes missed the racing line on one corner and Davies closed up, the top three building a gap of almost a second from Guintoli by the third lap. As the gap to fourth grew, Davies probed for a way past Sykes, finding it just in time for Rea to make a mistake and gift him the lead.

Michael van der Mark stirred up the crowd as he passed Sylvain Guintoli and then set about carving into the one second gap from the front three. As he closed the gap, Sylvain Guintoli crashed out behind him, putting Nicky Hayden into fifth place andy lap six, Hayden had caught van der Mark and the front three were a front five, hustling for position. Rea's tyre caught him out and punted him back to fourth as the leading five bikes closed up to under a second gap from first to fifth with Alex Lowes over two seconds and climbing behind them.

Lap nine and van der Mark was in second and poking Davies in front in an attempt to find a way past as Rea pushed past Sykes and as they entered the chicane, Sykes passed Rea back but carried too much speed and nearly hit van der Mark. Out of options, Sykes charged onto the last right turn into the chicane carrying too much front brake for the speed and lean angle and he parted ways with his violently crashing bike. Four riders left in the front group, and they remain covered under a second as Davies, Rea, van der Mark and Hayden build on an eight second gap from Lowes in fifth place. Van der Mark takes second in the chicane, firing the crowd into apoplexy.

By lap fifteen, Rea had taken second place back and Hayden was still in fourth place, six tenths off the lead but unable to make a pass anywhere. The front three were side by side in the fast bits and Rea came out in front as they headed into the chicane. Van der Mark once again looked like he had a few tricks left and pushed Davies out of the way to claim second place for the Netherlands as the clouds gathered above.

With less than three laps left, Michaelvan der Mark took the lead, but lost it shortly after as Rea capitalised on a slide from the Honda in front. Van der Mark rode a bucking bike to fight for his place and looked like he was properly fighting for the win. On lap twenty, he paid the price and put his Fireblade down hard at turn three, demolishing the hopes of the locals. Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies maintained their pace as Nicky Hayden, sensing a safe podium, decided that valour would end him like his teammate and he settled for third place, letting the two riders in front battle it out.

As the last lap started, there didn't seem to be much fight left at the front, though. Chaz Davies saved a front end tuck on his knee and left Jonathan Rea to charge at the flag.

Jonathan Rea put in a huge effort and won by over a second and a half from Chaz Davies, while Nicky Hayden took his first ever World Superbike podium and his first race podium in five years. Leon Camier finished fourth on the MV Agusta and Michael van der Mark got a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd as he made his way on foot back to his garage.

There were six manufacturers in the top six and Jonathan Rea capitalises on Sykes's crash to take a thirty one point lead in the championship.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'37.023 278,4
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1.662 1'36.486 275,9
3 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR SP 5.365 1'37.046 280,5
4 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 15.542 1'37.573 264,0
5 81 J. TORRES BMW S1000 RR 16.922 1'37.709 274,8
6 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 22.460 1'37.345 275,5
7 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 23.909 1'37.714 272,7
8 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 29.893 1'37.008 272,4
9 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 41.910 1'38.067 264,3
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10R 48.323 1'38.912 267,0
11 25 J. BROOKES BMW S1000 RR 53.638 1'37.686 270,3
12 15 A. DE ANGELIS Aprilia RSV4 RF 56.322 1'39.207 270,7
13 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'03.741 1'37.912 269,6
14 151 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'14.792 1'39.291 265,3
15 94 M. LUSSIANA BMW S1000 RR 1'38.485 1'40.083 258,6
16 16 J. HOOK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'42.228 261,1
17 119 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R1 1 Lap 1'42.459 257,4
RET 60 M. VAN DER MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2 Laps    
RET 17 K. ABRAHAM BMW S1000 RR 9 Laps    
RET 34 D. GIUGLIANO Ducati Panigale R 10 Laps    
RET 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 Laps    
RET 50 S. GUINTOLI Yamaha YZF R1 17 Laps    


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Hopefully he is up an rollin, we have 2 seasons to see.

That was a thrilling race! What a ride by Michael van der Mark... Too bad he eventually fell off, but still a great performance. It took some overriding that thing to stay up there, it seems. And it was great to see Hayden being in the front group right until the last laps. He's definately not on one of the better bikes (again! Man, he's had some turds to ride over the last years...), so I feel he deserves some good results after all those frustrating years. Hopefully he can get himself a better bike next year, preferably sooner...

Van der Mark - Niiiice riding. The kid is good! Of course "it isn't smart for championship points," but isn't it great to see someone go that hard? Impressed.

We nearly had 7 manu's in the top 7 w Guinters, and of course did in the top 8 w Lowes. Fantastic. No I don't miss the years of the Ducati Twin Cup series yrs ago. This is good racing.

Cheering Stapleford - Triumph in WSS tomorrow. Appreciative, we have plentiful racing to enjoy. How the heck can I watch all this?! If I watch all the Worlds and GP'S AND BSB I may have to sacrifice something like...work.

Amen Sykerocker! Except for the Nascar part of course, but blemish forgiven. Enjoy!
Do you ride as well?
What and where?
Have any advice for us at middle age re a life well lived that includes motorbikes?

That was what the yanks call a "barnburner"! I thought at the beginning that 5 riders fighting so fiercly at the front almost guaranteed someone would crash out but I had no idea who it might be (other than not Nicky Hayden!) It's a shame Chaz ran out of tyres because we might have seen a stormer of a last lap. Still a fantastic race. Looking forward to tomorrow.

I have to admit, I thought the switch to saturday and sunday races is going to go all wrong instead, I think it has made the weekends even better; This new format has contributed to a more fuller watching experience for me and thus, I humbly accept my serving of humble pie. 

That was a barnstorming race yesterday. Shame for VDM for crashing out so close to the end of the race but still, a very good show. Johnny Rea really impressed me, having to grit his teeth after Friday's problems. Hats off to him, Pere Riba and the rest of KRT. Roll on race two !

It was also interesting that the camera men were able to pick up Rea's view on Tom Sykes' crash, some good rivalry (mind games) brewing over there at KRT but I think it will be more managable. Will that spur Tom on or will he bin it under pressure. Roll on race two !