2012 WSBK Assen Race 2 Results

Race two results:

Tyre choice would be a major factor with the event deemed a wet race. The choice of tyres ranged from full wets to slicks with a fair amount of riders choosing intermediate front tyres.

Jakub Smrz was one rider to take an intermediate front tyre and he broke away from everyone else, earning a 4 second lead after just a couple of laps. Carlos Checa was one rider on full wet tyres and he retired after a handful of laps.

Smrz led most of the race while race-one winner Sylvain Guintoli, Eugene Laverty, Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea fought past pole man Tom Sykes. Guintoli was on full slicks and was the first rider to make the break to Smrz, making the best use of his faster tyres, and he was followed by Rea. Laps were ticked off as the huge gap to Smrz was closed a slice at a time and Guintoli easily pushed past him. Rea passed Smrz next and chased Guintoli, eventually passing him for the top spot. The podium places looked set until they caught the back marker Mark Aitchinson. The lead two passed him quickly enough, but he caused Smrz to run off onto the astroturf at high-speed, causing a crash that could have been horrifying, but luckily, Smrz just slid across the astroturf.

What followed for the last podium place was a proper stand-up scrap between Laverty, Melandri and Haslam, with all three of the riders leading at some point on the last lap.

Jonathan Rea won his fourth race at Assen and Guintoli took his sixth career podium. The hard podium fight behind them eventually went to Laverty, ahead of a BMW photo-finish with Melandri two-thousandths of a second ahead of Haslam.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 65 REA J Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.443  
2 50 GUINTOLI S Ducati 1098R 1'38.643 2.819
3 58 LAVERTY E Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.356 12.638
4 33 MELANDRI M BMW S1000 RR 1'38.941 12.762
5 91 HASLAM L BMW S1000 RR 1'39.308 12.764
6 66 SYKES T Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.548 20.393
7 86 BADOVINI A BMW S1000 RR 1'39.054 36.317
8 3 BIAGGI M Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.788 37.747
9 34 GIUGLIANO D Ducati 1098R 1'39.126 41.350
10 84 FABRIZIO M BMW S1000 RR 1'39.009 43.930
11 21 HOPKINS J Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.839 57.515
12 44 SALOM D Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.490 1'32.593
13 4 AOYAMA H Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.413 1'33.576
14 2 CAMIER L Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.200 1 Lap
15 36 MERCADO L Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.161 1 Lap
16 18 AITCHISON M BMW S1000 RR 1'42.999 1 Lap
17 7 CHECA C Ducati 1098R 1'38.092 1 Lap
18 87 ZANETTI L Ducati 1098R 1'39.976 1 Lap
19 96 SMRZ J Ducati 1098R 1'39.206 3 Laps
20 19 DAVIES C Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.442 10 Laps
21 121 BERGER M Ducati 1098R 1'39.117 10 Laps
22 68 MCCORMICK B Ducati 1098R 1'40.775 12 Laps
23 59 CANEPA N Ducati 1098R 1'40.101 14 Laps


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Wow, the effenbert team had 3 out of 4 guys crash out , and then Guinters gets 2nd I bet they wont letall the damage dampen the party tonight however!

PS (I hope McCormick is OK , C5 and C6 injuries are dicey at best . I dont know what Checa was thinking........)

Jonathan Rea desperately NEEDS an ALL-New Honda RVF/CBR whatever to be competitive in WSB! He's riding beyond the limits of the bike at each round (again) this season. Wake-up Honda! Where would Rea be on a different machine: BMW, Ducati, or Aprilia? I hope he has a great contract including a future MotoGP ride for all his loyalty and dedication with Honda! He rode an awesome 2nd race!