Twenty-one dry laps of a cold and windy Assen and the riders don't have much dry data from this weekend.
Tom Sykes took the lead from pole position with Jonathan Rea making an excellent start from the second row squeezing into second place ahead of Davide Giugliano and Sylvain Guintoli. Chaz Davies, Michael van der Mark, Nicky Hayden and Alex Lowes made up the top eight, but on the first lap, Davies got past Guintoli and found himself in third place when Giugliano made a mistake and lost four places.
On the second lap, Rea took the lead when Sykes missed the racing line on one corner and Davies closed up, the top three building a gap of almost a second from Guintoli by the third lap. As the gap to fourth grew, Davies probed for a way past Sykes, finding it just in time for Rea to make a mistake and gift him the lead.
Michael van der Mark stirred up the crowd as he passed Sylvain Guintoli and then set about carving into the one second gap from the front three. As he closed the gap, Sylvain Guintoli crashed out behind him, putting Nicky Hayden into fifth place andy lap six, Hayden had caught van der Mark and the front three were a front five, hustling for position. Rea's tyre caught him out and punted him back to fourth as the leading five bikes closed up to under a second gap from first to fifth with Alex Lowes over two seconds and climbing behind them.
Lap nine and van der Mark was in second and poking Davies in front in an attempt to find a way past as Rea pushed past Sykes and as they entered the chicane, Sykes passed Rea back but carried too much speed and nearly hit van der Mark. Out of options, Sykes charged onto the last right turn into the chicane carrying too much front brake for the speed and lean angle and he parted ways with his violently crashing bike. Four riders left in the front group, and they remain covered under a second as Davies, Rea, van der Mark and Hayden build on an eight second gap from Lowes in fifth place. Van der Mark takes second in the chicane, firing the crowd into apoplexy.
By lap fifteen, Rea had taken second place back and Hayden was still in fourth place, six tenths off the lead but unable to make a pass anywhere. The front three were side by side in the fast bits and Rea came out in front as they headed into the chicane. Van der Mark once again looked like he had a few tricks left and pushed Davies out of the way to claim second place for the Netherlands as the clouds gathered above.
With less than three laps left, Michaelvan der Mark took the lead, but lost it shortly after as Rea capitalised on a slide from the Honda in front. Van der Mark rode a bucking bike to fight for his place and looked like he was properly fighting for the win. On lap twenty, he paid the price and put his Fireblade down hard at turn three, demolishing the hopes of the locals. Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies maintained their pace as Nicky Hayden, sensing a safe podium, decided that valour would end him like his teammate and he settled for third place, letting the two riders in front battle it out.
As the last lap started, there didn't seem to be much fight left at the front, though. Chaz Davies saved a front end tuck on his knee and left Jonathan Rea to charge at the flag.
Jonathan Rea put in a huge effort and won by over a second and a half from Chaz Davies, while Nicky Hayden took his first ever World Superbike podium and his first race podium in five years. Leon Camier finished fourth on the MV Agusta and Michael van der Mark got a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd as he made his way on foot back to his garage.
There were six manufacturers in the top six and Jonathan Rea capitalises on Sykes's crash to take a thirty one point lead in the championship.
|1||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'37.023||278,4|
|2||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R||1.662||1'36.486||275,9|
|3||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||5.365||1'37.046||280,5|
|4||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||15.542||1'37.573||264,0|
|5||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||16.922||1'37.709||274,8|
|6||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||22.460||1'37.345||275,5|
|7||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||23.909||1'37.714||272,7|
|8||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||29.893||1'37.008||272,4|
|9||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||41.910||1'38.067||264,3|
|10||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||48.323||1'38.912||267,0|
|11||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||53.638||1'37.686||270,3|
|12||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||56.322||1'39.207||270,7|
|13||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||1'03.741||1'37.912||269,6|
|14||151||M. BAIOCCO||Ducati Panigale R||1'14.792||1'39.291||265,3|
|15||94||M. LUSSIANA||BMW S1000 RR||1'38.485||1'40.083||258,6|
|16||16||J. HOOK||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1 Lap||1'42.228||261,1|
|17||119||P. SZKOPEK||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap||1'42.459||257,4|
|RET||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||2 Laps|
|RET||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||9 Laps|
|RET||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati Panigale R||10 Laps|
|RET||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||13 Laps|
|RET||50||S. GUINTOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||17 Laps|