2015 Assen World Superbike Race Two Results: Behold!

Assen warmed up for race two to a still-need-a-jumper 13°C, the temperature IT departments chill their server rooms to, with a track temperature of 20°C.

Jonathan Rea once again got the hole shot, leading into turn two with Tom Sykes leading Leon Haslam, Chas Davies, Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark behind him, but this time round, at the end of the first lap, Sykes was able to make a pass stick in the chicane with the front three riding three abreast in the approach to the first turn, with Sykes taking the lead off his Kawasaki teammate. On the second lap, Davies passed Haslam, Haslam passed him back and Davies had to make another pass to take third place, all at high speed in the sweeping curves of Assen.

On the fourth lap, Nico Terol crashed out and was stretchered off; he suffered a concussion, a right knee contusion and a right wrist fracture and was taken to hospital after his visit to the medical centre.

The leading six riders, van der Mark taking fifth off Lowes, were a tight group and closed even tighter as Sykes slowed the pace, using yellow flags from Terol's crash to chum the waters in the group behind him and create some respite from his teammate's constant nipping.

As the pace picked back up, the leading five left Lowes behind, with the lack of engine braking caused by his new electronics causing him to run on and drop even more places to ninth a lap later.

The leading five riders swapped places and didn't lose touch with each other for lap after lap, and the deadlock at the front was only broken on the thirteenth lap, with Haslam passing van der Mark for fourth place and Rea passing Sykes for the lead. The next lap, Davies passed Sykes and on the subsequent laps, Haslam and van der Mark both passed him, pushing Sykes back to fifth, albeit still in a tight group. Haslam and Davies traded places back and forth but when Rea put the hammer down, only Davies was able to keep up with him, putting in a fastest lap to catch up, and the pair left the battle between Haslam and van der Mark behind them while Sykes one again hit a race-end slump in fifth.

Jonathan Rea built a gap from Chaz Davies at the end of every lap, Davies having to spend his fast sectors on just catching up, and this let Rea take a double victory through shrewd, fast racing, with Davies grabbing a brace of second places for his troubles.

Michael van der Mark passed Leon Haslam on the sweeping corners where he had the edge, making Haslam have to force a pass on the chicane, but van der Mark held his line and forced Haslam on to the dirt, giving the Dutchman his second podium of the day and Haslam his second fourth place.

Jonathan Rea now has a fifty point lead over Leon Haslam, as Chaz Davies closes on second place only seventeen points behind. Tom Sykes is over one hundred points off the lead in fourth place.


Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'36.050 293,3
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 0.439 1'35.992 292,5
3 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 2.831 1'36.003 303,2
4 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 2.992 1'36.041 294,1
5 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.508 1'36.115 290,9
6 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 7.092 1'36.409 287,8
7 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 11.190 1'36.245 299,8
8 112 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 15.636 1'36.291 287,0
9 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 16.402 1'36.206 289,4
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 18.505 1'36.652 279,6
11 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 21.459 1'36.832 283,3
12 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 21.977 1'36.553 288,6
13 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 22.082 1'37.049 287,0
14 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 22.928 1'36.796 287,8
15 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 41.801 1'37.279 289,4
16 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'06.835 1'39.160 271,8
17 90 J. ALVIZ Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap 1'39.871 271,1
18 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'40.472 273,9


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Always the same when GPs and SBK go head to head. It's the nature of the beast.

"can der Mark?" Freudian slip?

He has been looking good - albeit a little rough around the edges.

Terrific racing, but all credit to Rea - he is simply embarrassing the rest of the field in 2015.

I hope Davies can continue to take the fight to Rea, but it would be great to see Haslam find a little more speed - or consistency.