Assen WSBK: Rea wins again in Superpole race

Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea took another straightforward World Superbike victory in Sunday morning's Superpole race at Assen to further extend his points advantage.

Coming off the back of a relatively easy win on Saturday, Rea was again unstoppable in the 10-lap race encounter to determine the grid for Sunday's second full-distance race of the weekend.

From second on the grid, Toprak Razgatlioglu initially led the way, but it was Ducati's Michael Ruben Rinaldi who led the opening laps after an early pass on Razgatlioglu's Yamaha.

But neither were able to get away from Rea, who was soon back into second position before snatching the lead away from Rinaldi on the third lap.

By the end of the following tour, Rea was eight tenths to the good, and in the end he finished 2.8s clear of the field to grab his fourth Superpole race in five attempts so far this season.

Razgatlioglu initially dropped to fourth behind the second Ducati of Scott Redding, but fought his way back up the order to challenge Rinaldi for the runner-up spot on the final lap.

The Turkish rider made his move at the Turn 11 left-hander, crossing the line second, but a track limits violation meant he was retroactively demoted a position, allowing Rinaldi to keep the spot after all.

Razgatlioglu's Yamaha teammate Andrea Locatelli had also passed Rinaldi but was handed the same punishment, dropping him to fourth - albeit still the Italian's best result in WSBK so far.

Redding slumped to a disappointing fifth place, ahead of the second Kawasaki of Alex Lowes.

Tom Sykes (BMW) and Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) once again battled their way up the order from the back of the grid to finish seventh and eighth respectively, while satellite Ducati riders Chaz Davies and Axel Bassani completed the top 10.

Michael van der Mark was an early crasher on the second BMW, while Honda suffered a wretched outing with Leon Haslam its top finisher in 12th.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 10
2 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 10
3 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Yamaha 10
4 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Yamaha 10
5 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding
Ducati 10
6 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Kawasaki 10
7 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes
BMW 10
8 31 United States Garrett Gerloff
Yamaha 10
9 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies
Ducati 10
10 47 Italy Axel Bassani
Ducati 10
11 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 10
12 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Honda 10
13 32 Spain Isaac Viñales
Kawasaki 10
14 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Honda 10
15 3 Japan Kohta Nozane
Yamaha 10
16 9 Italy Andrea Mantovani
Kawasaki 10
17 84 Belgium Loris Cresson
Kawasaki 10
18 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Honda 10
60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark
BMW 0
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