2022 Assen World Superbike Race Two Result: Incidents And Penalties Akimbo

The final race of the weekend, World Superbike race two, remained windy, with the wind battering the cameras and brollies. Alvaro Bautista starts the race a place behind his Superpole race finishing position on track due to a decision by race direction; a track limit infringement. The temperature rose to 15ºC, a not great improvement on this morning's cold conditions.

Toprak Razgatlioglu and Andrea Locatelli locked out the top two spots into the first turn. Alvaro Bautista and Iker Lecuona push Jonathan Rea back to fifth place where he was clipped by Garrett Gerloff who ran off the track after breaking his fairing on Rea's Kawasaki. Rea tried to pass Lecuona into the Geert Timmer chicane but had to hold back to avoid collision.

After lap two, Axel Bassani set the fastest lap of 1'34.788 in eighth place. Toprak Razgatlioglu led Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Locatelli, Jonathan Rea and Iker Lecuola. Rea took third from Locatelli into turn seven and then set a fastest lap, a 1'34.093, passing Bautista briefly after Bautista took the lead into the Geert Timmer chicane and messed up the exit to lose the lead back to Razgatlioglu.

Jonathan Rea took second from Alvaro Bautista into the chicane at the end of the lap, with three tenths of a second covering Razgatlioglu, Rea and Bautista. Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona were within striking distance of the leading trio, and everything changed at the start of lap six.

Into turn one of lap six, Toprak Razgatlioglu went wide and Jonathan Rea snuck under him only for the pair to make contact on the exit of the turn and both riders crashed out. Iker Lecuona led the race as Alvaro Bautista avoided the crash at the front, picking up some rubber from Locatelli's front tyre. Bautista took the lead back at the end of the lap. 

At the start of lap eight, Bautista led Lecuona and Locatelli with Alex Lassani, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Alex Lowes and Scott Redding close behind. Loris Baz out of the race after an early crash put Redding into top BMW spot. A lap later, Bautista led Lecuona by over a second and started his undisturbed hot lapping as the crash between his two rivals was put under investigation. 

Lap ten, Alvaro Bautista had a two second lead over Iker Lecuona with Andrea Locatelli and Axel Bassani under a second behind in third and fourth place. A lap later, Bautista was the only rider doing 1'34 laps, leading the race by three and a half seconds. Andrea Locatelli and Axel Bassani closed the gap to Lecuona in second place, but a mistake by Bassani dropped him a second back into the clutches of Alex Lowes and Scott Redding. Lowes passed Bassani and he was followed by Scott Redding, pushing Bassani to sixth place. Scott Redding then blasted through the Geert Timmer chicane to lead Alex Lowes onto the finish straight. Axel Bassani followed Redding to take fifth off Lowes. Scott Redding started lap sixteen two seconds behind Andrea Locatelli's third place. Axel Bassani received a track limits warning.

Michael van der Mark led a three-way fight for eighth place, over twenty seconds off the lead, with Xavi Vierge and Lucas Mahias vying for the same position, eight seconds behind a lonely seventh-placed Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Andrea Locatelli took second place as Iker Lecuona went wide round turn six and Scott Redding got a track limits warning three seconds further behind. 

Two laps to go, Alvaro Bautista led Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona by over nine seconds. Locatelli led Lecuona by only half a second with Scott Redding almost four seconds further back with Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani on his tail. Michael Ruben Rinaldi was in a safe seventh place, eight seconds ahead of Michael van der Mark's eighth place battle. 

The last lap looked like everything was settled, with Lecuona over a second off Locatelli and Bautista ten seconds in the distance. Fourth place was not decide between Lowes, Redding and Bassani, however.

Alvaro Bautista won the race decisively, ahed of Andrea Locatelli. A jubilant Iker Lecuona took his first World Superbike podium on the Honda, ahead of Alex Lowes, Axel Bassani and Scott Redding, whose sixth place is his best finish of the year, but he had a few track limits warnings, as did Axel Bassani, promoting Redding to fifth place. No penalties were handed out to Rea and Razgatlioglu after their incident. 

Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu's crash handed Alvaro Bautista a championship lead of eighteen points. Andrea Locatelli and Iker Lecuona consolidate their fourth and fifth places.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R  
2 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 8.770
3 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.580
4 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 13.329
5 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 14.672
6P 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 17.490
7 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 5.884
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 28.511
9 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 29.067
10 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 29.434
11 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 36.810
12 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 36.814
13 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 37.000
14 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 38.862
15 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 41.674
16 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 51.252
17 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 51.382
18 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'10.088
RET 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 16 Laps
RET 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16 Laps
RET 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 1
RET 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 1
RET 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1
RET 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1  
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2022
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Amusing to check news on the WSBK website today. To summarise the T1 incident..

Toprak: It was a racing incident but really it was his fault.

Rea: It was a racing incident but really it was his fault.

You have to laugh..

Message to all MotoGP fans - if you didn't watch the excellent WSBK season last year don't miss it this year. Three closely pitched riders on different bikes all determined to be the winner. If anyone thought Rea was going to dissappear into the sunset - they are mistaken! The races are at a minimum good and often excellent.

But Moto GP has so much more depth, what, 10 or 12 guys on the podium in the first five races? Unfortunately the WSBK grid very quickly breaks up into three or four mini-races, mostly way behind the three front-runners. Still excellent to watch.

and it is easy to understand why they blame each other! You could argue either way, though if I'm forced to put the blame on someone, I'd say it is on Rea because Toprak is still on the kerb and not trying to cut in front of Rea when the accident happens. However I can't see Race Direction taking any action in this instance.

https://youtu.be/wfJGJGg4F5E

 

^ Thanks!

That second angle shot is helpful. Looks more a 50 - 50 racing incident than first described. Rea was passing and did not leave a line for Toprak to be on. Pretty aggressive.

Things are hotting up in WSBK!

Well that was an epic weekend. Just watched race 2 from Assen. Wow!

Jonathan is having to push very hard lately. This was a racing incident, I couldn't blame either rider, haven't heard from race direction yet. We will see.

Looks like I have given Michael Ruben Rinaldi the kiss of death, sorry about that.

You could see this coming from last season, both Rea and Toprak are pushing to the limit and with Bautista all over them they are now probably more over the limit most of the time. No room for even the slightest error. Unless he starts falling off again, see Bautista finishing what he started a couple of years back. Nor do I think Toprak will be able to beat Rea this year, the Kawasaki is just that little bit better than last year.