2010 Assen World Superbike Race 2 Result - Another Barnburner Settled With A Few Laps To Go

Results and summary of the second World Superbike race at Assen:

Johnny Rea completed the double at Assen today, taking another solid victory after a breathtaking race. BMW's Troy Corser once again got the holeshot, leading Alstare Suzuki's Leon Haslam and the Ten Kate Honda of Johnny Rea into the first corner. Within a couple of corners, Rea was past Haslam, and for a few moments, it looked like Haslam could suffer a repeat of race 1, when low pressure in the front tire slowed the Suzuki rider badly. But by lap 2, with Haslam still fully in the running, it was clear that the problems had not reappeared.

The race quickly turned into the kind of fully-blown spectacle that World Superbike rounds at Assen so quickly turn into. By lap 6, a freight train of 8 riders had formed, consisting of Rea, Haslam and Corser, along with the Alitalia Aprilias of Leon Camier and Max Biaggi, the Althea Ducatis of Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne, and the Sterilgarda Yamaha of James Toseland, who was storming through the field once again.

A dogfight developed for the lead, with Troy Corser and Johnny Rea swapping the lead early, before Leon Haslam barged past Rea at the GT chicane at the halfway mark, and then Corser at the same place a lap later. Corser tried seizing the lead on the way into Turn 2, Madijk, but Haslam slammed him aside, sliding back into the lead a corner later. Rea followed Haslam through a few corners later, sliding through at the Stekkenwal to take over 2nd.

This was the signal for all hell to break loose, with the passes getting more brutal and more daring as the race wound down. Corser passed Rea on the entry into the new Ruskenhoek, an audacious pass at high speed, but Rea was straight back as the heeled over left for the Ruskenhoek proper. Behind Corser, Leon Camier bundled under James Toseland at Mandeveen, but Toseland was having none of it, and was back by the next corner.

At the front, Johnny Rea bust past Haslam and back into the lead at the Haarbocht, a move which Haslam reciprocated again at the Ruskenhoek, copying Corser's adventurous example. Not to be outdone, Rea took on Haslam at Hoge Heide, the fastest and scariest part of the track. Rea's reward was short-lived, though, as Haslam was back again at the GT chicane. Turn 1 saw Rea get back again, and this time, he made it stick on the Alstare Suzuki rider. 

The two had now opened a gap back to the battle for 3rd, which was now big enough to leave them unthreatened. Rea put the hammer down for the last five laps, pulling out nearly two seconds over his fellow Briton Haslam, to secure his double victory for the HANNSpree Ten Kate team.

Rea's and Haslam's breakaway was assisted by the bickering which was going on behind them. Aprilia's Leon Camier and Yamaha's James Toseland were scrapping hard over the final podium place, an argument which Camier seemed to have settled in his favor, until a mistake saw him run wide, touch the astroturf on the outside of the Meeuwenmeer, and send his bike tumbling wildly through the grass. Camier's error handed Toseland third place, his second podium of the day, and far more than he had expected after a very mediocre Superpole. Max Biaggi got past Troy Corser to take 4th, with Carlos Checa edging Jakub Smrz for 6th.

A technical problem for Noriyuki Haga saw the Japanese rider's hopes of a title become yet more distant, while Michel Fabrizio's 12th place finish completed a miserable weekend for the Xerox Ducati team.

Haslam's 2nd place saw him extend his title lead over Max Biaggi to 20 points, while Johnny Rea leaps up into 3rd place in the championship, 38 points behind the leader Haslam.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Country Bike Diff
1 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR  
2 91 L. Haslam GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.942
3 52 J. Toseland GBR Yamaha YZF R1 3.928
4 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 4.067
5 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 4.176
6 7 C. Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 4.525
7 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 4.682
8 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 7.698
9 76 M. Neukirchner GER Honda CBR1000RR 9.903
10 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 11.465
11 99 L. Scassa ITA Ducati 1098R 15.489
12 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 23.604
13 50 S. Guintoli FRA Suzuki GSX-R1000 29.085
14 77 C. Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 35.401
15 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 44.330
16 95 R. Hayden USA Kawasaki ZX 10R 50.830
17 23 B. Parkes AUS Honda CBR1000RR 58.819
RET 2 L. Camier GBR Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 2 Laps
RET 35 C. Crutchlow GBR Yamaha YZF R1 11 Laps
RET 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 16 Laps
RET 57 L. Lanzi ITA Ducati 1098R  
RET 66 T. Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX 10R  
Round Number: 
4
2010
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Comments

Six different manufacturers over the top six bikes and even the Kawasaki showed a glimpse of promise this weekend(more so for 2011 perhaps). Cannot argue with the format even if the machines are a world away from their showroom brethren. Jonny just seemed to have that little extra today. He was made to work for it though. Corser and the Beemer looking really good. I don't know if it is his fitness or his hunger in comparison to the young bucks, but once more Troy slipped backwards towards the end of the races. Not something the other 38 year old Biaggi can be accused of. In the grand scheme of things Haslam is looking more and more the man with the biggest target on his back. To bring it home in the points with only 11psi in the front tyre is champion quality stuff.

For what I've heard, the problem is BMW is using their own traction control system. It is simply not up to par yet, causing the tires to wear quicker and Corser to drop back towards the end of the race. If the system gets better, Corser may be good for some surprises. He obviously still carries the ambition.

The middle laps of the second race had some of the best racing I've ever seen, in any motorsport. Classic, classic stuff. The TV producers were switching cameras ever 2-3 seconds to try to catch it all.

I thought racing like that could only be had in a 125cc race. Ridiculous. I'm going to have to figure out how to work the Utah round into the household budget.

All 3 of the races today were great. Superbike was all out racing which I credit a lot to the Assen track and a bit to the changes made to keep the flow of the track up. It looks like this is the year not to be on a Xerox Ducati.