Superbike Assen, Race 2: “Jonathan Rea style” win for Tom Sykes

Differently from what we’re used to, Tom Sykes won the race after dominating from the first till the last lap. The Huddersfield rider started from the pole position after ranking 4th in Race 1 and then he maintained the leading position till the end, when he crossed the line with five seconds and a half of advantage. Sykes won the race with a performance reminding many Jonathan Rea’s races in the last few seasons and the riders who joined him on the Race 2 podium are Jonathan Rea and Michael van der Mark.

SYKES RULES – At the beginning Tom Sykes remained first with a great start and lap by lap he extended his advantage on the rest of the field, while Xavi Forés was second followed by Jonathan Rea.  At the fifth lap Forés was overtaken by both the reigning World Champion and van der Mark, who then distanced the Spaniard.

REA vs. VAN DER MARK – At the 12th of the 21 laps of the race van der Mark overtook Jonathan Rea at Turn 1 and this represented the start of a nice fight lasted some laps, after which Rea distanced van der Mark. In the meantime, Alex Lowes crashed at the final chicane (as Mercado did after just a couple of laps) and Chaz Davies did the entire race in fifth position, behind Xavi Forés. 

END OF THE RACE – At the end Tom Sykes, after dominating in “Jonathan Rea” style, won the race with five seconds of advantage on Jonathan Rea, while Michael van der Mark took another nice podium finish in front of home crowd. Fourth and fifth place for Xavi Forés and Chaz Davies.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – Jonathan Rea keeps leading the championship and now he’s got 159 points. Chaz Davies is second with 129 points, followed by Marco Melandri (115) and Michael van der Mar (103). Today’s winner Tom Sykes lays in fifth position with 101 points, in front of Xavi Forés (100).

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