WSBK: 2010 Assen results

Double Dutch for Jonathan Rea

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Apr. 26, 2010
Jonathan Rea took the double for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda at the Dutch team’s home World Superbike race at the TT Circuit Assen.

The double was the first for a Honda rider since Carlos Checa performed the feat at the 2008 Miller Motorsports Park round. The wins were Rea’s third and fourth of his WSBK career. Rea also won the Superpole for his first career WSBK pole.

Race One began with BMW’s Troy Corser taking the early lead in what may be the S1000RR’s strongest showing in WSBK racing. Corser led the opening ten laps of the 22-lap race, with Rea, Aprilia Alitalia’s Leon Camier and Pata B&G Ducati’s Jakub Smrz.

Jonathan Rea won Race One by over a second and Race Two by nearly two seconds, but both races were closer than the final results suggest.

Rea moved into the lead on lap 11 while two-time WSBK Champion James Toseland of Yamaha Sterilgarda began his move to the front after starting from tenth on the grid. Toseland momentarily took the lead near the end of lap 19 before Rea regained control on the starting straight. Rea would continue to finish over a second ahead of Toseland. Camier finished third for his first career podium appearance.

Race One Highlights

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The second race featured another battle between Corser, Rea and Camier with championship points leader Leon Haslam of Suzuki Alstare joining the fight. Rea and Corser traded the lead between them over the first half of the race before Haslam took the lead on lap 12.

Rea recaptured the lead a few laps later and went on to win by nearly two seconds. Haslam took second while Toseland captured third after Camier crashed out with two laps remaining.

Race Two Highlights

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The two wins push Rea into third place in the championship standings. Haslam’s Race Two podium helped expand his lead over Aprilia’s Max Biaggi to 20 points. Corser showed the S1000RR’s potential, taking the holeshot in both races but he wasn’t able to maintain that momentum during the final laps.

The Ducati Xerox duo of Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio had another disappointing weekend. Both riders were expected to contend again this season but the other teams appear to have surpassed them. They weren’t even the top Ducati riders at Assen as Althea Ducati’s Checa and Smrz each had top-seven finishes in both races.

The 2010 World Superbike Championship continues May 9 at Italy’s Monza circuit.