2022 Assen World Superbike Race One Result: Another Proper Fight

The second round of World Superbike was twenty one laps of a windy Assen, a track of short straights and long fights. Eugene Laverty would miss this race due to an arm injury he incurred in free practice one yesterday.

Toprak Razgatlioglu took the lead ahead of Andrea Locatelli, Jonathan Rea, Alex Lowes, Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Jonathan Rea moved up to second place as Alvaro Bautista set a top speed of 300km/h. Outside the top six of Yamaha, Kawasaki and Ducati factory riders, Iker Lecuona led Loris Baz.

On lap two, Jonathan Rea set a fastest lap of 1'34.535 as he hounded Toprak Razgatlioglu. The leading pair broke free from Andrea Locatelli, Alex Lowes, Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. 

At the end of lap three, Jonathan Rea exited the chicane to take the lead from Toprak Razgatlioglu as Andrea Locatelli closed up a couple of tenths, leaving Alex Lowes to lead the second pack. The fourth lap ended with the top six covered by just over a second. Iker Lecuona was over a second further back in seventh place. A lap later, Rinaldi was half a second slower than fifth-placed Bautista. 

Scott Redding carved his way up to tenth place by lap eight, lapping faster than the riders three seconds ahead of him, Iker Lecuona, Loris Baz and Axel Bassani. Alex Lowes and Andrea Locatelli swapped third place back and forth, blocking Alvaro Bautista as they did so, but Bautista cut under Lowes into a chicane and held fourth place through the next few corners. Bautista closed up on third-placed Locatelli as Rea and Razgatlioglu finally broke free at the front. Bautista took third place in the Geert Timmer chicane, the famous final turns onto the short start/finish straight. 

Alvaro Bautista spent lap eleven closing the gap to Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu as Alex Lowes blew his engine up and pulled into the pits with his mechanical issue. Alvaro Bautista spent lap twelve trying to pass Toprak Razgatlioglu but at the end of the lap, Razgatlioglu reacted by trying to take the lead off Rea in the last chicane. Andrea Locatelli in fourth place got a track limits warning. At the end of lap thirteen, Razgatlioglu blocked Rea into the Geert Timmer chicane to take the lead and allow Bautista to smell second place. 

At two thirds race distance, fourteen laps of twenty one, Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista with a quarter of a second covering all three riders. Over a second behind them, Andrea Locatelli had a five second lead over Michael Ruben Rinaldi, only for Rinaldi to crash out and pit in. Rea looked for a way past Razgatlioglu at the end of lap fifteen, but Razgatlioglu held him off only for Rea to catch him out into turn one to take the lead from him. Alvaro Bautista passed Razgatlioglu a few corners later and took second place. The leading three were covered by half a second. 

With four laps left, Jonathan Rea led Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu with Andrea Locatelli three and a half seconds behind, nursing a nine second gap to Iker Lecuona in fifth place. Bautista took the lead in to turn six only for Rea to pass him round the outside of turn eight to take the lead back. Toprak Razgatlioglu remained within half a second of the lead. 

Two laps to go and the leading trio were still in touch of each other, over five seconds clear of Andrea Locatelli in fourth place. Iker Lecuona led Loris Baz in a fight for fifth place. As the last lap started, Rea led by just under half a second, holding off Bautista and the gaps seemed too long for the places to change at the front, but Bautista closed right up into turn fourteen.

As Jonathan Rea headed into the Geert Timmer chicane for the last time, Alvaro Bautista closed up but couldn't find a line through to pass Rea. Jonathan Rea won by just a tenth of a second over Alvaro Bautista. Toprak Razgatlioglu was a second off the win, taking third place with his teammate Andrea Locatelli over eight seconds behind him. Iker Lecuona held off Loris Baz's efforts to hold onto fifth place. Philipp Oettl took a lonely seventh with Garrett Gerloff fending off Scott Redding to take eighth place. Michael van der Mark finished in thirteenth place in spite of his broken leg. 

Jonathan Rea's sixteenth win at Assen puts him in the lead of the championship, two points ahead of Alvaro Bautista with Toprak Razgatlioglu a further twenty two points behind. Michael Ruben Rinaldi retains fourth place but Andrea Locatelli let up to fifth place, passing Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge who lost seventh place to Loris Baz.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 0.103
3 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.911
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 8.698
5 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 17.451
6 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 17.983
7 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 22.002
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 24.545
9 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 25.118
10 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 26.938
11 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 35.566
12 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 41.901
13 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 41.967
14 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 42.014
15 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.699
16 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 45.882
17 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.972
18 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 47.975
19 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 48.144
20 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 58.169
21 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'12.087
RET 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 5 Laps
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10 Laps
RET 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 7
Round Number: 
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2022
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Comments

And, isn't it cool that we went from Rea to Toprak-Rea, and now Toprak-Rea-Beautista? 3 is nice.

Lecuona had the Honda pretty racey. The BMW is so strong in Superstock trim, but the Superbike keeps teasing that big step. Every Manu in the top 6. Pretty good Larry? Those 3 are just REALLY fast!

Rea, very humble and grateful to the team. Bautista, almost giggling like a kid, having fun (please, lose those stupid hair braids!). Top Cat pretty morose and uncommunicative.