World Superbike Assen Results 2014

April 27, 2014
Bart Madson
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Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli and Honda’s Jonathan Rea split wins at Assen during the third round of the 2014 World Superbike series. Red flags and unstable weather conditions affected the racing and shook up the results, with Rea the only double podium performer at the Dutch circuit.

Race 1

In the first race Guintoli led flag-to-flag, snaring the holeshot ahead of Rea – the Irishman having vaulted from a Row 2 start to punch ahead of the factory Kawasakis in the opening corner. It didn’t take long, however, for reigning champion Tom Sykes to move ahead of Rea and start tracking down Guintoli, with the Superpole winner and Sykes’ teammate, Loris Baz, running fourth.


Guintoli held the lead up front while his three pursuers battled for position. Sykes ran clear in second for much of the first half of the race, while Rea and Baz scrapped for the final rostrum position.

Sykes continued to close on Guintoli and appeared ready to challenge for the win, but a mistake caused the Kawasaki ace to run wide. Rejoining the race in fourth, Sykes had to get around his teammate and Rea. Once he did, the SBK champ made steady progress tracking down Guintoli once again.

The race appeared poised for a late lap challenge between the two title contenders, but the red flag came out – ending the race with the Lap 16. The red flag came out from a mechanical failure on Geoff May’s EBR1190.

Guintoli took the Race 1 checkers, followed by Sykes. Rea claimed the final podium spot, beating Baz who had to settle for fourth. Toni Elias bested fellow Aprilia rider Marco Melandri to round out the top five.

Guintoli claimed victory in the opening SBK race at Assen.
Sylvain enjoys his Race 1 win at Assen.
Sylvain Guintoli celebrates his Race 1 SBK victory at Assen.

2014 World Superbike Assen Race 1 Result:
1. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
3. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
4. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
5. Toni Elias (Aprilia)
6. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
7. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
8. Leon Haslam (Honda)
9. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
10. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
11. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki)
12. David Salom (Kawasaki)
13. Leon Camier (BMW)
14. Claudio Corti (MV Agusta)
15. Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki)
16. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki)
17. Alessandro Andreozzi (Kawasaki)
18. Kervin Bos (Honda)
19. Geoff May (EBR)
20. Imre Toth (BMW) 
DNF Michele Fabrizio (Kawasaki) 
DNF Eugene Laverty (Suzuki) 
DNF Aaron Yates (EBR)
DNF Peter Sebestyen (BMW) 
DNF Davide Giugliano (Ducati)

Race 2

The second Assen SBK race started under threatening conditions, with a drying track. After the warm-up lap, a delayed start was declared as some light rain was detected on part of the track. Riders pitted and swapped slicks for rain tires, and then went out for a shortened 15-lap race.

On the start, one again Guintoli charged up to the front, where he led with a lot of water on the track. The conditions were too extreme, and after three laps the leader, Guintoli, put his hand up indication the racing should stop and the red flag was waived.


After a long delay, the race was restarted once again, shortened this time to 10 laps. Rea grabbed the early lead, with Sykes in tow and the factory Aprilias with Ducati’s Giugliano completing the top five on the opening lap. The Crescent Suzuki riders also pressed forward, led by the rookie, Alex Lowes.

Guintoli highsided on Lap 2, with the leader before the initial red flag potentially chucking away points in the second race. But the Frenchman recovered and managed to rejoin the race, back into 18th place.

Where Guintoli faltered, Lowes moved up into fourth and started to press into a podium spot challenging Melandri and Sykes. The British Superbike Champion dispatched the Aprilia and Kawasaki in short order, and then set his sights on the leader. As for Rea, the Ten Kate Honda rider was running away up front – enjoying a five second lead over the runner-up.

The rainy conditions took its toll on the riders, however, and several riders made an early exit via highside spills – including Toni Elias and Pedercini Kawasaki rider Alessandro Andreozzi. Other casualties included BMW EVO rider Leon Camier and MV Agusta pilot Claudio Corti.

Some riders went down, but like Guintoli managed to rejoin the race. As for the title-contending Guintoli, the Aprilia rider benefited from the numerous crashes ahead of him to push into the points and eventually the top 10.


Rea maintained his lead, though Lowes had whittled down the five-second advantage to under four. Lowes opened up a small gap on Giugliano, who had worked around Sykes, with Melandri also getting around the defending champion.

In the closing laps, Eugene Laverty went down, gifting another position for Guintoli. Meanwhile, Rea and Lowes were set in the 1-2 running order. The only podium scrap was Melandri hunting down Giugliano, but the former GP rider nearly lost the back end and ran off track, ceding third to the Ducati.

Melandri rejoined the race and going on to finish sixth – with Sykes and Haslam taking a respective fourth and fifth. Baz placed seventh, followed by Ducati’s Chaz Davies and Guintoli bringing the RSV4 home with a ninth.

Despite not winning a race and scoring only one podium, Sykes leaves Assen having extended his points lead from four to 12. Guintoli vaults ahead of Baz for the runner-up spot in the championship, with his countryman three points behind. Rea gained the most ground in the championship, blasting by Melandri for fourth overall and 19 behind Sykes. Rea’s double podium finish included his fifth career victory at the Dutch circuit, his Ten Kate team’s home track.

Lowes second-place rostrum finish in Race 2 was his first in the premier SBK class - Assen 2014
Jonathan Rea (65) mastered the wet conditions at Assen for his Race 2 victory, while Alex Lowes celebrated his first SBK podium with a second-place finish on the Crescent Suzuki.

2014 World Superbike Assen Race 2:
1. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
2. Alex Lowes (Suzuki)
3. Davide Giugliano (Ducati)
4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
5. Leon Haslam (Honda)
6. Marco Melandri (Aprilia)
7. Loris Baz (Kawasaki)
8. Chaz Davies (Ducati)
9. Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia)
10. Niccolo Canepa (Ducati)
11. Kervin Bos (Honda)
12. Luca Scassa (Kawasaki)
13. Sheridan Morais (Kawasaki)
14. Michele Fabrizio (Kawasaki)
15. David Salom (Kawasaki)
16. Imre Toth (BMW)
DNF Eugene Laverty (Suzuki)
DNF Claudio Corti (MV Agusta)
DNF Leon Camier (BMW)
DNF Alessandro Andreozzi (Kawasaki)
DNF Toni Elias (Aprilia)
DNF Fabien Foret (Kawasaki)
DNF Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki)

2014 World Superbike Championship Points:
1. Tom Sykes, 108
2. Sylvain Guintoli, 96
3. Loris Baz, 93
4. Jonathan Rea, 89
5. Marco Melandri, 69
6. Davide Giugliano, 59
7. Chaz Davies, 47
8. Eugene Laverty, 46
9. Leon Haslam, 44
10. Alex Lowes, 36

2014 World Superbike Assen Photos

Leon Haslam took a back seat to his Pata Honda teammates success  managing an 8-5 result on the CBR. Factory Ducati umbrella girl at Assen. Davide Giugliano bested Tom Sykes for the final podium spot during the rainy second race at Assen.
Eugene Laverty struggled in Race 2  crashing out while running in the top 10. Alex Lowes had to get around Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes for the rookie to earn his first SBK podium. Marco Melandri was closing in to challenge Giugliano for the Race 2 podium  but ran off-track and recovered to finish sixth.


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