With grey clouds over Assen, the track temperatures were much cooler. Jonathan Rea selected a harder tyre than he used in the other races this weekend, and there was a mild threat of rain.
Garrett Gerloff overcooked his launch and wiped out first-placed Toprak Razgatlioglu in turn one, recovering his bike as razgatlioglu's bike lay in the gravel. Behin d the crash, Andrea Locatelli took the lead, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and Alex Lowes, after the crash, with positions jumbled after Gerloff's mistake. Race Direction immediately opened an investigation into Gerloff's crashing into Razgatlioglu.
After a lap, Andrea Locatelli led Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Alex Lowes, Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea who had to work his way past Tom Sykes and Michael Van der Mark. Locatelli set the fastest lap on lap two, using the SCX tyre, as the leading nine riders were all in touch. Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea passed a surprised Alex Lowes.
Lap three was another fastest lap for Andrea Locatelli, leading Rinaldi by a second with Rea and Redding behind him, Rea passing Redding in the Geert Timmer chicane. Jonathan Rea closed on Michael Ruben Rinaldi and passed him on turn eight of lap four and set the fastest lap, one thousandth of a second quicker than Locatelli.
Garrett Gerloff was handed out a ride-through penalty, as he was in ninth place. Razgatlioglu did not restart after the crash.
Andrea Locatelli stretched out his lead to over a second from Jonathan Rea, but as Rea escaped the fight between Rinaldi and Redding, he started closing the gap, setting the fastest lap on the way. Into turn one of lap seven, Scott Redding slid his rear as he locked up everything to outbreak Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and he took third place a second behind Jonathan Rea.
At the start of lap eight, it looked like a 2020 World Supersport race, with Andrea Locatelli almost a second in the lead. Jonathan Rea in second had a second lead over Scott Redding who led the Ducatis of Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Chaz Davies. Davies caught Rinaldi and was looking for a way past, a few hundredths of a seconds a lap quicker than Rinaldi. Michael van der Mark was in sixth place with Alvaro Bautista and Alex Lowes fighting behind him when he got a track limits warning.
By lap ten, Jonathan Rea had closed to within half a second of Andrea Locatelli with Scott Redding nearly two seconds behind. Chaz Davies took a tight line into De Strubben and prised his way under Rinaldi before starting his campaign to catch Scott Redding. Rea started to look for a way past Locatelli.
Heading into lap twelve, slingshotting out of the Ramshoek corner to take the lead in the Geert Timmer chicane, building up the pass over four corners, Jonathan Rea hurled his Kawasaki into the chicane ahead of Locatelli's Yamaha and he took the lead and tried to escape at the lead. Locatelli kept up with Jonathan Rea throughout the lap.
Two thirds of the way through the race, Andrea Locatelli held on to the leader Jonathan Rea, with Scott Redding two seconds behind. Chaz Davies remained over a second behind Redding but was over two seconds free of Michael Ruben Rinaldi who now had Alvaro Bautista on his tail. Garrett Gerloff crashed out, trying to recover a point or two after his ride through penalty, ending what could be a pivotal career moment, lucky to have re-signed with Yamaha before this weekend.
Alvaro Bautista took advantage of Michael Ruben Rinaldi's wide line through turn five to cut under him and take fifth place from him. Alex Lowes started to look past Rinaldi, immediately on his tail.
Jonathan Rea kept up his pace and Andrea Locatelli struggled to keep up, dropping a few tenths as Scott Redding matched Rea's pace and closed in to under two seconds while going half a second a lap faster. Locatelli picked up his pace a little and stemmed the bleeding, but Redding still managed to close, ending lap eighteen of twenty one within a second of second place.
With three laps left, Jonathan Rea was two seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli, with Scott Redding closing to within Locatelli's wake. Chaz Davies held a safe fourth place, but Alvaro Bautista was doing his best to put Davies's fourth place in jeopardy.
Scott Redding went round the outside of a couple of fast corners, and left Locatelli no room to get back on his spent tyres. Locatelli tried to strike back, but Redding had plenty of grip and drive and held second place. Tom Sykes crashed behind a three-way fight between Michael van der Mark, Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi for sixth place. Sykes recovered his BMW and resumed racing in fifteenth place.
As the flag came out, Jonathan Rea won his third race of the weekend, ahead of Scott Redding and an impressive Andrea Locatelli who earned the podium he should have achieved this morning. Chaz Davies held onto fourth place, just ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Local hero Michael van der Mark took sixth place, fighting Alex Lowes and Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the honour.
Jonathan Rea played to the crowd, throwing his used sliders to the jubilant crowd, and he extended his championship lead, with Toprak Razgatlioglu's DNF hurting his challenge, to thirty seven points. Scott Redding closed the gap to Razgatlioglu to forty four points while Garrett Gerloff lost fifth place to Michael Ruben Rinaldi, six points the deficit.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|2||45||S. REDDING||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1.605|
|3||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1.826|
|4||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale V4 R||8.695|
|5||19||A. BAUTISTA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||9.584|
|6||60||M. VAN DER MARK||BMW M 1000 RR||12.691|
|7||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||12.992|
|8||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||0.760|
|9||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4 R||19.087|
|10||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||19.629|
|11||53||T. RABAT||Ducati Panigale V4 R||20.974|
|12||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||34.615|
|13||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||35.640|
|14||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||38.917|
|15||66||T. SYKES||BMW M 1000 RR||47.840|
|16||9||A. MANTOVANI||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||56.387|
|17||84||L. CRESSON||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'09.598|
|RET||31||G. GERLOFF||Yamaha YZF R1||12|
|RET||54||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1|