2013 Assen World Superbike Race 1 Results: Sweeping Passes Abound
The weather decided not to turn nasty, allowing us to enjoy another flowing race at Assen. In the warm-up lap, Marco Melandri's BMW had gearbox issues that meant he had to get off and push. He didn't start the race. Chaz Davies, to add to BMW's woes, destroyed his bike in the morning's warm-up and it was being rebuilt until the last possible minute, starting the warm-up lap from the pits. Leon Camier stated that he may only manage a few laps as his injured knee was causing him issues.
As the lights went out, Jonathan Rea got the hole shot on the Honda, taking the lead by the first turn, but Tom Sykes took the lead at the second turn and set about hot-lapping the Kawasaki. Jonathan Rea had the Aprilia trio of Davide Giugliano, Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli breathing down his neck as he tried to catch Sykes.
Three laps in, Sykes was making a break, while Laverty picked off Giugliano for third. A lap later, as Guintoli followed his team mate past Giugliano, Chaz Davies pushed his rebuilt BMW into eight place, past a struggling Carlos Checa. Leon Camier, from last on the grid, should have been pulling in to rest his knee at this point, but decided he'd rather fight to tenth place.
As Sykes started metronomically ticking off the laps, like one of his many Tissots, the battle for second settled down to Rea, Laverty and Guintoli. While Sykes had a five second lead from the fracas, Laverty and Guintoli forced their way past Rea's slower Honda.
The race was clearly going to be a victory for Tom Sykes at this point, and he did indeed master his lead and manage it to the flag to win by over eight seconds, but the battle for second place would take a lot longer to settle. Rea was able to squeezer past the Aprilias in the fast flowing sections while the Aprilias could take him back in the faster parts.
On the last lap, Sylvain Guintoli stole second place from Jonathan Rea, but in the last section, Rea was able to find a pass from nowhere and he led to the chicane, but Guintoli's bike was able to run him to the line. Rea managed to hold him off to secure second place, but only by inches.
Tom Sykes won a dominant race ahead of a solid fight that was won by Jonathan Rea ahead of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty.
|1||Tom Sykes||(Kawasaki Racing Team)||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35'35.042|
|2||Jonathan Rea||(Pata Honda World Superbike)||Honda CBR1000RR||35'43.828|
|3||Sylvain Guintoli||(Aprilia Racing Team)||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||35'43.834|
|4||Eugene Laverty||(Aprilia Racing Team)||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||35'44.267|
|5||Loris Baz||(Kawasaki Racing Team)||Kawasaki ZX-10R||35'49.273|
|6||Davide Giugliano||(Althea Racing)||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||35'51.192|
|7||Chaz Davies||(BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)||BMW S1000 RR||35'57.612|
|8||Jules Cluzel||(Fixi Crescent Suzuki)||Suzuki GSX-R1000||35'59.793|
|9||Leon Camier||(Fixi Crescent Suzuki)||Suzuki GSX-R1000||36'05.353|
|10||Carlos Checa||(Team Ducati Alstare)||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||36'10.319|
|11||Max Neukirchner||(MR-Racing)||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||36'19.397|
|12||Michel Fabrizio||(Red Devils Roma)||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||36'27.622|
|13||Ayrton Badovini||(Team Ducati Alstare)||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||36'34.778|
|14||Ivan Clementi||(HTM Racing)||BMW S1000 RR||36'37.052|
|15||Mark Aitchison||(Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)||Ducati 1098R||36'56.903|
|16||Federico Sandi||(Team Pedercini)||Kawasaki ZX-10R||37'00.759|
|17||Vittorio Iannuzzo||(Grillini Dentalmatic SBK)||BMW S1000 RR||37'17.752|
|RT||Marco Melandri||(BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK)||BMW S1000 RR|