Jonathan Rea did what we all knew he could do – take his second win this weekend, and 11th win at Assen overall. He started from 9th thanks to the reverse grid, but by the first corner both him and his KRT team mate Tom Sykes had made their way to 3rd and 4th respectively. With 19 laps to go, Rea took the lead and didn’t look back.
Sykes had followed him through the pack, but left it to the very last corner to try and make his move. He had an impressive drive out of the corner, but Rea just had the edge over the line.
There was an impressive start from Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty. He hasn’t had the start he wanted this season, but after a good start off the line, he hit the front for the first time. Eventually, he got pushed back once Rea had taken the lead, but finished in a respectable 8th.
An extremely notable performance from the Red Bull Honda team, as both Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl finished in the top ten. Marco Melandri was unfortunately not so lucky. A weaker start saw him unable to keep up with the front. As he moved in on the inside of Xavi Fores, he completely lost the front and slid out with 13 laps to go.
World Superbike next heads to Imola, can anyone stop Jonathan Rea?
World Superbike race two results:
Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team – 33:48.345s
Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team – + 0.025s
Chaz Davies – Aruba.it Ducati Racing – + 5.077s
Michael van der Mark – Pata Yamaha Official WSBK – + 8.739s
Alex Lowes – Pata Yamaha Official WSBK – + 16.244s
Leon Camier – MV Agusta Reparto Corse – + 17.899s
Jordi Torres – Althea BMW Racing – + 19.026s
Eugene Laverty – Milwaukee Aprilia – + 19.184s
Nicky Hayden – Red Bull Honda WSBK – + 21.475s
Stefan Bradl – Red Bull Honda WSBK – + 21.475s