2022 Assen World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Will There Be Cake?

The Superpole race at Assen had everyone using the same SC-X rear tyre on a cold 20ºC track temperature. The start was delayed by Gabriele Ruiu sticking his hand up, but in spite of him waving people off when his bike restarted, riders at the front waved for a stop due to the delay. Jonathan Rea kept off his bike and hugged his front tyre for warmth. The restarted race would be nine laps in stead of the usual ten and should be decided in under fifteen minutes. Ruiu was moved to the back of the grid for the knife-fight-in-a-phone-booth restart.

UPDATED: See results below

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Alvaro Bautista and Alex Lowes with Jonathan Rea losing out. Rea took third off his teammate into turn seven as Michael Ruben Rinaldi took fifth off Andrea Locatelli. On lap two of nine, Alvaro Bautista set a new lap record of 1'33.620, in second place. The leading four led Andrea Locatelli, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Iker Lecuona and Garrett Gerloff in a second group. Alex Lowes was dropped off the front group by the end of the third lap.

The three riders at the top of the championship broke free of the rest of the pack, with Razgatlioglu, Bautista and Rea setting a quicker pace over two seconds free of the crowd building up behind fourth-placed Alex Lowes. 

For the first time this weekend, Toprak Razgatlioglu looked like he was back in control of his front wheel, with a return to regular stoppies into corners, holding the lead with the top three covered by under a quarter of a second at the start of lap six. Alvaro Bautista pulled alongside Razgatlioglu into turn seven, taking the lead from him with Rea following him a few turns later. 

With two laps left, half a second covered Bautista, Rea and Razgatlioglu as Rea looked for a pass but couldn't get passed. The last lap started with the leading trio six seconds clear of fourth place and covered again by only half a second, setting up a battle for the Geert Timmer chicane at the end of the lap. Rea was locked onto Bautista's rear wheel with a small gap to Razgatlioglu. Rea took the lead in to turn eight after setting the pass up into turn six. Bautista pulled alongside into turn fourteen, but he couldn't get past. 

Jonathan Rea once more pulled away into the final chicane, not giving Bautista a chance to get alongside. Razgatlioglu drew up next to Bautista on the exit of the chicane, but crossed the line five hundredths of a second behind the Ducati. 

Andrea Locatelli finished in a lonely fourth place, Alex Lowes pulling out of the race on the last lap with yet another mechanical issue. Iker Lecuona fended off Loris Baz and Garrett Gerloff for fifth place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Axel Bassani filled the last two spots on the reorganised grid for race two this afternoon. 

The championship remains led by Jonathan Rea, the Kawasaki rider extending his lead to five points over Alvaro Bautista, the pair sharing the top two spots every race this year. Toprak Razgatlioglu remains in third place with five third places out of three races.

Jonathan Rea was presented with the cake he so desired for Kawasaki's 100th race win. 

UPDATE: After the race, Alvaro Bautista was penalised one spot for exceeding track limits. The results now reflect this penalty. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR  
2 1 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 0.267
3P 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4R 0.033
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 6.659
5 7 I. LECUONA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.997
6 76 L. BAZ BMW M1000RR 12.953
7 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 13.410
8 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4R 0.102
9 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4R 13.567
10 5 P. OETTL Ducati Panigale V4R 13.871
11 45 S. REDDING BMW M1000RR 14.239
12 97 X. VIERGE Honda CBR1000 RR-R 16.491
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 16.800
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 18.989
15 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M1000RR 20.625
16 2 R. TAMBURINI Yamaha YZF R1 21.463
17 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 23.762
18 36 L. MERCADO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 23.998
19 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 24.207
20 29 L. BERNARDI Ducati Panigale V4R 25.949
21 16 G. RUIU BMW M1000RR 33.209
22 35 H. SYAHRIN Honda CBR1000 RR-R 33.519
23 52 O. KONIG Kawasaki ZX-10RR 33.717
RET 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
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2022
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Comments

Steve English, and Jared also (hope you're out riding your Triumph right now): WTF is the SC-X?

Even if you tell me I will not remember by the time the next race comes around. I realize that soft/medium/hard is too simplistic, but you can do better.

Please stop just saying tire code as you preview or announce the race. Explain! That's what race reports should do.

Thank you for a great race recap.

Can’t blame em for using the official terminology.

And I surely appreciate them not explaining it every session…