Once again, Assen is Jonathan Rea’s feud. The reigning World Superbike Champion got three double wins in a row on Dutch soil from 2015 to 2017 and today he managed to take another wonderful victory in front of Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies. This is the 57th win in World Superbike for Jonathan Rea and for sure another well-deserved one for the Northern Irish, who also equals Carl Fogarty’s 12 wins at Assen.
NICE FIGHT – At the beginning Xavi Forés started very well and overtook both Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, but after a few corners Rea took the lead and maintained it for some laps. In the meantime, Michael van der Mark, Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes, Chaz Davies, Xavi Forés and Marco Melandri formed a big group from the 2nd till the 7th place. At the eighth of the 21 laps of the race van der Mark overtook Rea with a nice move at Geert Timmer chicane and the Dutchmen then started to set the pace. The group went from 7 till 4 riders and Davies and Forés joined van der Mark and Rea in the fight for the win.
GRAND FINALE FOR REA – Later Rea, van der Mark and Davies distanced Forés and were joined by Sykes and Davies overtook van der Mark to go behind Jonathan Rea. van der Mark took the 2nd position back with 5 laps to go and he tried to keep Jonathan Rea’s pace, but in the final three laps Rea distanced the others and went to win the race. Second and third place for Michael van der Mark and Chaz Davies, whith the latter defending the position from Tom Sykes’ final assault.
THE REST – Fitfh place for Xavi Forés, while Marco Melandri ranked 6th in front of Loris Baz, Leandro Mercado (astonishing 8th place for the Orelac Kawasaki rider), Jordi Torres and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Disappointing 12th place for the poleman Alex Lowes, who slowly dropped down in the classification after a good start. He will try to rise again tomorrow at Race 2, scheduled at 13:00 local time.