If Race 1 at Assen was a war of attrition under the rain, the second race of the third round of the World Superbike Championship was decided by tires choices. The race start was declared wet, despite sunny skies (the usual crazy Dutch weather) and a damp track that quickly dried out and every rider made different tire choices, from slicks, to intermediates, to full rain tires and this last unexplainable choice cost reigning World Champion Carlos Checa dearly. The race was won by a determined Jonathan Rea who was nursing a serious finger injury after his crash in red flagged Race 1. The Honda rider opted for a soft front slick and hard rear one and this helped him overtake Sylvain Guintoli and runaway with the race in the final laps.
For 18 laps, the leader was Jakub Smrz, who got a magnificent holeshot and proceeded to streakaway leaving a tightly knit group of eight riders to battle it out for the rest of the positions. Smrz had more than a five second lead, until Effenbert Liberty team mate and winner of race 1 Sylvain Guintoli, managed to shake off a pesky Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty and started to hunt down the Czech rider, whose tires were now starting to fade.
Guintoli caught and passed his team mate on lap 18. while Rea shook off Laverty and then caught up to Smrz and then in two laps took the lead from the French rider with Smrz falling back to third. Smrz would then tumble out of sure third spot podium when he tried to pass a doubled Mark Aitchinson who didn’t move away from the racing line baulking the Ducati rider whose wheels touched the kerb and then the very wet astroturf to crash out.
Third place went to Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty who got the best of Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri in a tremendous last lap battle, that went to the wire for Melandri and Haslam, with the Italian taking fourth by a mere 0.002s.
Tom Sykes after his DNF in race 1 managed a sixth spot, but struggled with grip problems. Ayrton Badovini was seventh struggling with a back injury picked up in race 1, while Max Biaggi was eighth after a very difficult weekend. The Roman Emperor, however is now leading in the standings, albeit by one point. As we mentioned above, Carlos Checa made the wrong tire choice and decided to opt for full wets hoping for rain which never arrive. He would return to return to his garage after two laps to change his tires to slicks, he finished 17th and last.
Davide Giugliano who was second in Race 1 finished in 9th followed by Michel Fabrizio who closed out the top ten.
WSBK Assen Race 2 results
1. Jonathan Reaâ€ƒ(Honda World Superbike Team)â€ƒHonda CBR1000RRâ€ƒ36’45.936
2. Sylvain Guintoliâ€ƒ(Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ36’48.755
3. Eugene Lavertyâ€ƒ(Aprilia Racing Team)â€ƒAprilia RSV4 Factoryâ€ƒ36’58.574
4. Marco Melandriâ€ƒ(BMW Motorrad Motorsport)â€ƒBMW S1000 RRâ€ƒ36’58.698
5. Leon Haslamâ€ƒ(BMW Motorrad Motorsport)â€ƒBMW S1000 RRâ€ƒ36’58.700
6. Tom Sykesâ€ƒ(Kawasaki Racing Team)â€ƒKawasaki ZX-10Râ€ƒ37’06.329
7. Ayrton Badoviniâ€ƒ(BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)â€ƒBMW S1000 RRâ€ƒ37’22.253
8. Max Biaggiâ€ƒ(Aprilia Racing Team)â€ƒAprilia RSV4 Factoryâ€ƒ37’23.683
9. Davide Giuglianoâ€ƒ(Althea Racing)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ37’27.286
10. Michel Fabrizioâ€ƒ(BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)â€ƒBMW S1000 RRâ€ƒ37’29.866
11. John Hopkinsâ€ƒ(Crescent Fixi Suzuki)â€ƒSuzuki GSX-R1000â€ƒ37’43.451
12. David Salomâ€ƒ(Team Pedercini)â€ƒKawasaki ZX-10Râ€ƒ38’18.529
13. Hiroshi Aoyamaâ€ƒ(Honda World Superbike Team)â€ƒHonda CBR1000RRâ€ƒ38’19.512
14. Leon Camierâ€ƒ(Crescent Fixi Suzuki)â€ƒSuzuki GSX-R1000â€ƒ36’50.679
15. Leandro Mercadoâ€ƒ(Team Pedercini)â€ƒKawasaki ZX-10Râ€ƒ36’51.166
16. Mark Aitchisonâ€ƒ(Grillini Progea Superbike Team)â€ƒBMW S1000 RRâ€ƒ37’03.892
17. Carlos Checaâ€ƒ(Althea Racing)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ37’08.183
RT. Lorenzo Zanettiâ€ƒ(PATA Racing Team)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ34’19.554
RT. Jakub Smrzâ€ƒ(Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ30’10.158
RT. Chaz Daviesâ€ƒ(ParkinGO MTC Racing)â€ƒAprilia RSV4 Factoryâ€ƒ18’38.070
RT. Maxime Bergerâ€ƒ(Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ18’42.162
RT. Brett McCormickâ€ƒ(Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ15’33.182
RT. NiccolÃ² Canepaâ€ƒ(Red Devils Roma)â€ƒDucati 1098Râ€ƒ12’21.167