Rea Wins Assen Race One after Davies Bust-Up

by Louis Suddaby

Jonathan Rea moved further clear at the top of the World Superbike Championship after winning race one on a controversial day at Assen. The reigning champion was involved in a fiery bust-up with Chaz Davies at the end of Superpole before a battle for victory between the two was settled when Davies hit mechanical trouble a lap before the finish.

The drama began late in SP2 with Rea smashing the lap record on his way to pole position, going faster than the MotoGP race lap record at the same circuit. On his slow-down lap though, Rea was caught by Davies who was still looking to better his third-place grid position and the pair almost collided. The pair would clash verbally in parc ferme with Davies venting his anger and the Kawasaki rider was subsequently handed a three-place grid penalty, promoting team-mate Tom Sykes onto pole position.

Predictably given the tension between the two, race one proved to be a head-to-head between Rea and Davies but Ducati’s team leader was deprived of a final lap shootout when his Panigale broke down at the chicane, moments after Rea had overtaken him for the lead. As a result, Jonathan eased to victory with Sykes completing a Kawasaki 1-2.

Marco Melandri rode a lonely race to the podium in third while Xavi Fores recovered from a disappointing Friday to finish fourth, securing race two pole. Lorenzo Savadori showed Aprilia’s best form so far with fifth ahead of Stefan Bradl who provided Honda with their best showing of the season. Roman Ramos denied Eugene Laverty and Leandro Mercado on the final lap to snatch seventh but Yamaha endured a nightmare afternoon with Alex Lowes and home favourite Michael van der Mark both crashing out.


WorldSBK 2017: Acerbis Dutch Round – Race One Result

11. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team33:37.08225
266. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+4.50120
333. Marco Racing – Ducati+17.67316
412. Xavi ForesDucatiBARNI Racing Team+22.56913
532. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+30.79711
66. Stefan BradlHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+33.53010
740. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Kawasaki GoEleven+39.1769
850. Eugene LavertyApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+39.2548
936. Leandro MercadoApriliaIODARacing+39.2667
102. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+41.4936
1188. R. KrummenacherKawasakiKawasaki Puccetti Racing+43.6235
1215. Alex de AngelisKawasakiPedercini Racing SC-Project+48.2184
1335. Raffaele de RosaBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+49.4873
1469. Nicky HaydenHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+50.0162
1586. Ayrton BadoviniKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:00.9241
1637. Ondrej JezekKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:16.401
NC7. Chaz Racing – Ducati+1 Lap
NC81. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+2 Laps
NC22. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+9 Laps
NC84. Riccardo RussoYamahaGuandalini Racing+17 Laps
NC60. Michael van der MarkYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+19 Laps

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