SBKNetherlandsApril 17, 2011
World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 03 ASSEN – Netherlands

Rea Takes First Honda Win of The 2011 Season

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) took a race victory and then a third place finish at the 2011 FIM Superbike Championship round at Assen, Netherlands, hoisting himself up the championship standings as a result. Carlos Checa (Ducati) won race two, and he remains the championship leader. The dry conditions experienced in practice continued on race day as Rea hit the lead on lap four of race one and was never headed from then on. In race two Rea did not get the same chance to fight for the win due to changes in track temperature, but still scored his second podium of the day, finishing only 3.584 seconds from the winner.

Jonathan Rea Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea

At the top of the championship Checa extended his lead and now has a total of 132 points, with double second place rider at Assen Max Biaggi (Aprilia) going second on 89. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) crashed out of race two, and is now on a total of 85 points, only six ahead of Rea's 79.

Castrol Honda rider Ruben Xaus was an eighth place finisher in race one, using the softest rear tyre choice, but he could not make it work in the slightly warmer conditions of race two and he finished 14th, scoring two more championship points. Ruben is now 14th in the official standings, although 11th to 14th all share a total of 26 points.

Foret Battles Hard To Score Second In A Shortened WSS Race

Originally scheduled for 21 laps, the third round of the FIM Supersport Championship eventually had to be restarted twice after red flag incidents and was eventually run as a complete contest at the third attempt, but over only 16 laps. Full points were awarded as Chaz Davies (Yamaha) took a clear win after Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) was knocked off by a following rider, under braking, on lap eight. Florian had been vying for a podium, but an impressive charge to second from the much injured Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) still gave the Dutch team reasons to cheer at their home race. He had been fourth on the grid.

Fourth, and within touching distance of Broc Parkes (Kawasaki) and the final podium spot was Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda). He remains the top placed Honda rider in fourth, but is now much closer to the championship lead. Luca Scassa (Yamaha), who tangled with Marino today, has 50 points, Parkes has 47, Davies 45 and Harms 34. Foret moved up to sixth thanks to his 20 points from today's race.

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda) was seventh, but Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda) moved up to eighth in the final revised race classification when Roberto Tamburini (Yamaha) was disqualified. Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda) was therefore ninth, not his original tenth, while Balazs Nemeth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) moved up to tenth, Imre Toth (Team Hungary Toth Honda) to 11th. Pawel Szkopek (Bogdanka PTR Honda), Bastien Chesaux (MACH - Moto Academy Swiss Honda) and Robert Muresan (PTR Romania Honda) all scored points today. Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda) fell while in a potential podium place, but recovered to finish 16th.

Front row qualifier Sam Lowes (Parkalgar Honda) crashed on lap six of the first attempt at running the full race, having just moved into second place. His highsided at the Ossebroeken right-hander led to a short concussion and a broken left collarbone for the young English rider and he was taken to hospital for scans to be carried out. Alexander Lundh (Cresto Guide Racing Team Honda) was involved in a two rider fall on the exit of the final chicane that caused the second red flag and his subsequent broken left wrist meant he could not make the restart.

Ruben Xaus Fabien Foret

Ruben Xaus

Fabien Foret

Honda rider comments:
Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 1st / 3rd Championship position: 4th

“We worked hard over the weekend as a whole team, trying to sort the settings of the bike out. In the background we were always thinking about set-up for the race so that paid off in the cold temperatures of race one, but we have not had the warmer conditions of race two all weekend so we were slightly underprepared. We could have made a gamble with the softer A tyre, but to be honest I do not think it would have worked for us, so we stayed on the harder C. The question mark was the front tyre in race two as it was way too soft and moving around too much. But a first and a third, I feel like we are back where we belong. It's nice to see the guys in the team smiling. Two podiums and good points in the bag and now we are going into some circuits where we should be able to claw back some more points.”

Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda)
Race result: 8th / 14th Championship position: 14thth

“I had no choice with the rear tyre as I had to use the softer one. I had too many problems with the harder ones. In race two the sun was shining, but right at the start the temperatures came down and the tyre started spinning and just wore out. I was just happy to be able to do the lap times I did at the end of the race and get a couple of points. We made two good finishes and race one was definitely better. We are on 26 points, close to the top ten, so one good result and we can climb up.”

Fabien Foret (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: 2nd – Championship position: 6th

“I am very pleased to take second place and get 20 points after the problems we had in the first two meetings. A few laps from the end I had some issues with the rear tyre so I had to slow down and protect my position. It was a good weekend for us, particularly as I am still not 100% back to full fitness, so to great to be on the podium and take home good points.”

Robbin Harms (Harms Benjan Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 4th. Championship position: 4th

“Near to the podium again, but it was much better than Donington. I had more power inside and I was much closer to third. We missed some engine power because the rider who got third pulled away from me exiting the corners and I had so many metres to make up for under braking, one or two more than I needed to get past him. I am satisfied with the overall performance. I did not make any mistakes and had good rhythm. We are still top Honda team in the points and closer to the leader now.”

James Ellison (Bogdanka PTR Honda)
Race result: 7th. Championship position: 8th

“Every time the race got red flagged it went in our favour because we could make some small changes to the bike, get further up the grid and then gain a few positions at the start. The race was going really well until half distance. I had a bit of a problem with the front all weekend and in the end the front tyre was gone. Other than that, the bike had a podium potential. I'm a bit disappointed but we'll get the bike up there where it needs to be at Monza.”

Miguel Praia (Parkalgar Honda)
Race result: 8th. Championship position: 13th

"That was a hard race and I am pleased to have finished where I did. It is never easy to keep concentration when there are three starts. This is my best result of the season and for me it has been a positive weekend as we have made set-up improvements on my Parkalgar Honda. I am looking forward to Monza and starting that race with what we have found here, I want to keep this positive momentum and keep improving."

Vladimir Ivanov (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: 9th. Championship position: 17th

“I got a top ten and my first points and I am happy for this because the last two races I have not finished. So this is a positive result. I wanted to be faster in my pace and in that race I should have been a better position. I think maybe not a top five yet, but I should be in a higher position."

Gino Rea (Step Racing Team Honda)
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 10th

“I lost the front into the left hander before the double right. I was struggling a little into the corners because we have a clutch in the bike that we do not usually use and I was trying to control it on the lever. It was a bit inconsistent and when I fell I had no chance of saving it. I am taking only positives away from here because we obviously have the speed to run up front, the chassis is getting there and now we just have to complete the package."

Florian Marino (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda)
Race result: DNF. Championship position: 9th

“Nothing I could do about the crash today, I just hot hit from behind. I am disappointed, but I have seen that we have the potential to fight for the podium and I think this is good for our minds. Now we take all the positive things to Monza and try to do my best and fight like we did this week as well.”

World Superbike and World Supersport 2011
Round 03 ASSEN – Netherlands

Superbike Race 1
1 J. REA / GBR / Castrol Honda
2 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
3 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
4 M. MELANDRI / ITA / Yamaha World Superbike Team
5 M. FABRIZIO / ITA / Team Suzuki Alstare
6 T. CORSER / AUS / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
7 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
8 R. XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
9 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
10 M. AITCHISON / AUS / Team Pedercini
11 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
12 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
13 B. VENEMAN / NED / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
14 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea
Superbike Race 2
1 C. CHECA / ESP / Althea Racing
2 M. BIAGGI / ITA / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
3 J. REA / GBR / Castrol Honda
4 L. CAMIER / GBR / Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team
5 L. HASLAM / GBR / BMW Motorrad Motorsport
6 E. LAVERTY / IRL / Yamaha World Superbike Team
7 M. FABRIZIO / ITA / Team Suzuki Alstare
8 N. HAGA / JPN / PATA Racing Team Aprilia
9 J. SMRZ / CZE / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
10 S. GUINTOLI / FRA / Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing
11 T. SYKES / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike
12 J. LASCORZ / ESP / Kawasaki Racing Team
13 M. BERGER / FRA / Supersonic Racing Team
14 R. XAUS / ESP / Castrol Honda
15 A. BADOVINI / ITA / BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team
1 C. DAVIES / GBR / Yamaha ParkinGO Team
2 F. FORET / FRA / Hannspree Ten Kate Honda
3 B. PARKES / AUS / Kawasaki
4 R. HARMS / DEN / Harms Benjan Racing Team
5 D. SALOM / ESP / Kawasaki
6 M. ROCCOLI / ITA / Lorenzini by Leoni
7 J. ELLISON / GBR / Bogdanka PTR Honda
8 M. PRAIA / POR / Parkalgar Honda
9 V. IVANOV / UKR / Step Racing Team
10 B. NEMETH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
11 I. TOTH / HUN / Team Hungary Toth
12 P. SZKOPEK / POL / Bogdanka PTR Honda
13 B. CHESAUX / SUI / MACH Racing
14 D. DELL'OMO / ITA / Suriano Racing Team
15 R. MURESAN / ROU / PTR Romania Honda
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