The World Superbike paddock lit up the Circuit van Drenthe in Assen today, entertaining the throngs with some exciting racing action. The Dutch crowd had plenty to cheer about as Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea and Sterilgarda Yamaha’s James Tosland battled hard for the Race 1 checkers with Rea pouring it on in the last two laps to secure the victory. Rea
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea wrapped up a dream weekend, winning the trifecta of a double podium and Superpole as he dominated the World Superbike racing action at Assen this weekend.
has been fast all weekend, demonstrating from the opening practice session that he was going to be tough to beat on his Hannspree team’s home course. Toseland stormed through the field from his tenth-place starting position and led the race with three laps to go before Rea was able to make a pass stick on the starting straight then held on for a 1.106-second victory.
Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier also ran a strong race pace and grabbed the final spot on the Race 1 podium. The rookie scored his first career World Superbike podium finish, crossing the line just behind Toseland a scant 0.143 second back. Camier’s finish made it an all-British podium in the first race at Assen.
Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa shook off a slow start and pushed hard to track down Camier but came up just short, crossing the line in fourth place. BMW Motorrad’s Troy Corser started from the front row and actually led for 10 laps of the race before the frontrunners tracked him down. The Australian rider was still able to hold on a respectable fiffh-place finish.
Rider Max Biaggi was able to battle his way up from an 11th-place starting position on the grid to put the pressure on Corser but had to settle for sixth place, crossing the line 0.075-second behind the Australian rider. Biaggi missed out on a perfect opportunity to close the gap on championship points leader Leon Haslam who struggled during the race and finished out of the top ten in 11th place.
Sterilgarda Yamaha’s James Toseland stormed through the field from his tenth-place starting position to lead Race 1 until Rea passed him up on the starting straight for the victory.
Team Bata P&G Ducati’s Jakub Smrz converted his second-place Superpole position to a solid seventh-place showing, his best outing yet in the 2010 World Superbike season.
Yamaha Sterilgarda’s Cal Crutchlow and Althea Ducati’s Shane Byrne diced it out for the next two spots, with Crutchlow getting the upper hand at the finish line to capture eighth. Byrne would have to settle for ninth, but his privateer Ducati team still fared better than the factory duo of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.
Haga never looked comfortable all weekend on the Dutch course and couldn’t capitalize on a prime opportunity to make up some ground in the points race while grabbing the lost top ten spot in the first race at Assen.
Rea’s victory was the first for Honda in World Superbike this year. There has been great parity in the World Superbike paddock this year, with Suzuki, Ducati, and Aprilia also registering race victories.
2010 World Superbike Race 1 Results
1.Jonathan Rea (Honda)
2. James Toseland (Yamaha) +1.106
3. Leon Camier (Aprilia) +1.249
4. Carlos Checa (Ducati) +1.548
5. Troy Corser (BMW) +2.738
6. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) +2.813
7. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) +6.296
8. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) +12.022
9. Shane Byrne (Ducati) +12.146
10. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) +19.753
11. Leon Haslam (Suzuki)
12 Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
13. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
14. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
15. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
16. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati)
17. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
18. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
19, Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
20. Max Neukirchner (Honda)
RET Broc Parkes (Honda)
RET Ruben Xaus (BMW)
World Superbike Assen Race 2
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Jonathan Rea wrapped up an almost perfect weekend on the Dutch circuit. Rea swept both races today to go along with
Ducati Xerox’s Noriyuki Haga had a disappointing outing at Assen, finished tenth in Race 1 and suffering a DNF in Race 2.
his first Superpole victory and put himself back into the championship points’ race by jumping into the third position. It was the first double podium of Rea’s career as he also doubled up his victories in the World Superbike league to four.
Rea would have to hold off the charge of championship points leader Leon Haslam. The Alstare Suzuki rider and Rea would dice it out on Lap 15 as the lead changed hands numerous times before Rea finally edged away for the victory. As the two lead riders pulled away from the pack, an epic battle waged behind for the final spot on the podium.
In the end, Sterilgarda Yamaha’s James Toseland made it a double podium weekend by holding off Aprilia’s factory rider Max Biaggi by 0.109 second. Mad Max fought his way through the grid but it was Toseland and the YZF R1 who held the upper hand today.
“It’s been a long weekend but to come from tenth on the grid and get a second and a third, two podiums is just a great result for me and the team. It’s been coming slowly, we’ve come from far behind in the first two races so it’s fantastic to be up there at the front and fighting. There are a lot of Brits out there, and we’re all racing at the front and doing a great job, everybody deserves to be in it,” Toseland said.
BMW Motorrad’s Troy Corser once again looked strong, leading several laps, and matched his Race 1 results with another fifth-place finish. Corser finished in the middle of a five-rider pack that included Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa and Team Pata P&G Ducati’s Jakub Smriz. Checa would hold off Smrz at the finish to secure the sixth spot, while the Czech rider backed up his strong showing in Race 1 with another hard fought seventh-place finish.
BMW Motorrad’s Troy Corser led several laps of both races and is looking more competitive than ever on the S1000RR.
The Race 2 top ten would be rounded out by Althea Ducati’s Shane Byrne who captured eighth-place, a couple of seconds ahead of Rea’s Hannspree Ten Kate Honda teammate Max Neurkirchner. BMW Motorrad’s Ruben Xaus appeared to finally come to terms with the demands of the S1000RR and crossed the line in tenth.
Alitalia Aprilia’s Leon Camier appeared to be headed for his second straight podium finishing after a personal best time on Lap 20 put him ahead of Toseland, but the British rider would suffer a high-speed crash on the penultimate lap. Tom Sykes and Lorenzo Lanzi were also on the list of riders who crashed out.
Sterilgarda Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow had trouble with rear suspension and had to retire from the race on Lap 11. Ducati Xerox’s Noriyuki Haga also had a disappointing outing and had to pit early due to a mechanical failure and would never return to the race. Haga only finished six laps.
2010 World Superbike Race 2 Results
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
2. Leon Haslam (Suzuki) +1.942
3. James Toseland (Yamaha) +3.928
4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia) +4.067
5. Troy Corser (BMW) +4.176
6. Carlos Checa (Ducati) +4.525
7. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) +4.682
8. Shane Byrne (Ducati) +7.698
9. Max Neukirchner (Honda) +9.903
10. Ruben Xaus (BMW) +11.485
11. Luca Scassa (Ducati)
12. Michel Fabrizio (Ducati)
13. Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki)
14. Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki)
15. Matteo Baiocco (Kawasaki)
16. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
17. Broc Parkes (Honda)
18. Leon Camier (Aprilia) DNF
19. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) DNF
20. Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) DNF
World Supersport Assen
In World Supersort action, Parkalgar Honda’s Eugene Laverty
Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Kenan Sofuoglu rode hard and tried to make it a World Superbike/Supersport sweep for the Hannspree home team but was denied by Eugene Laverty.
won his second race of the season, holding off Kawasaki Motocard.com’s Joan Lascorz by 2.796 seconds for the victory. It is the second consecutive year that Laverty has scored the victory on the Dutch circuit, albeit this year on a slightly different course.
Lascorz had to hold off the charge of Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s Kenan Sofuoglu, who captured the final spot on Assen’s Supersport podium. The second-place showing helped Lascorz maintain a slight eight-point lead in the championship point standings over the Honda rider.
The ParkinGo Truimph BE1 duo of Chaz Davies and Matthew Lagrive rode their Daytona 675s to the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
World Supersport Assen Results
1. Eugene Laverty (Honda)
2. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) +2.796
3. Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda) +2.962
4. Chaz Davies (Triumph) +23.040
5. Matthew Lagrive (Triumph) +26.338
6. Robbin Harms (Honda) +32.544
7. Gino Rea (Honda) +36.591
8. Katsuaki Fujiwara (Kawasaki) +36.697
9. Massimo Roccoli (Honda) +36.879
10. Miguel Praia (Honda) +47.288