WorldSBK standings after the second race at Assen:
World Supersport standings after the fourth race of the season in Assen:
Race two of World Superbike at Assen would be Jonathan Rea’s 200th start in the series and he would have to deal with a windy track and whatever the reverse grid would throw up.
Round four of the World Supersport championship would be eighteen laps of Assen, the Cathedral of Speed.
The tension that has been building between Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies finally spilled over at Assen. Three years of competing with one another for race wins and championships has strained their relationship, and on Saturday at Assen it reached breaking point.
On the final laps of Superpole, Davies was on a flying lap and came across Rea through turn seven. Being forced to sit up and avoid the touring Kawasaki, emotions got the better of Davies and at the end of the session he hit out at Rea in Parc Ferme.
“You stayed on three quarters of the track,” stated Davies after qualifying third. “I don’t know how tight a line you can pull out of that left but I’m three quarters of the track out there. You were in the way mid-way through the corner and then on the exit I had to pick it up because you were three quarters across the track, if I didn’t I’d have cleaned you out! Next time I’ll smash you from the inside and we’ll see what happens.”
World Superbike championship standings after Race 1 at Assen:
Press releases issued by the organizers and teams after WorldSBK race 1, and WorldSSP qualifying at Assen:
World Supersport favourites to advance from Superpole one were Luke Stapleford and Roberto Rolfo. Rain didn’t look likely.
Twenty one laps of the cathedral of speed, riders would be trying to make a point after the spat in Superpole. The weather was cold, 10ºC air temperature, 18ºC on the track.
Superpole one was contested by eleven riders, vying for two places to compete in Superpole two, with Randy Krummenacher and Xavi Fores in the two favourite spots. Superpole two ended in riders arguing in Parc Fermé.
Updated: See below.