World Superbike and World Supersport 2012
Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) won his first FIM Superbike World Championship race of the year, taking victory after a tenacious 22-lap ride in race two after making a wise tyre choice.
He was in the lead for the last three laps, having been fifth on the first lap, dropping back from his superpole qualifying position of second. In race one, started in dry conditions, Rea battled hard and saved an almost certain highside crash at one stage. When the rains that had affected much of practice reappeared halfway through the contest, and some leading riders fell, the first race was cancelled, with a new nine lap race started, in wet conditions. Rea was in the vanguard from the off, but fell on lap one and hurt his right hand, requiring painkilling injections before race two.
Rea chose a hard rear tyre to try and deal with the cold, but basically dry track conditions in race two and although he had to wait for his chance to lead, he won by an eventual margin of 2.819 seconds from Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati), the first race victor. Rea has now won four of the last six SBK races at Assen, the home track of his Dutch-based ten Kate team.
Rea remains sixth in the championship rankings after a no score and his first win, now on 65 points, while Max Biaggi (Aprilia) leads on 92 points.
Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) found his previous experience of Assen, even that gathered in a recent Assen test alongside Rea, negated by the changeable weather in practice and he qualified only 21st. He rode sure-footedly in the wet race one to record 12th place, and then followed that up with 13th. These were two good results for a new SBK rider, considering how much trouble some top names got into as track conditions changed and tyre gambles often failed. Aoyama is 13th in the rankings after three rounds and six races.
Lorenzo Lanzi (PRORACE Honda) won a rain-affected 21-lap Supersport World Championship race at Assen in his first race for Honda in this class; from a lowly start position of 21st. This was the first win for a CBR600RR rider in 2012.
Lanzi, a former SBK race winner and Ducati Supersport rider, was only drafted into the PRORACE team shortly before the start of race weekend, but made his CBR600RR debut in peerless style, splashing his way through changeable, but constantly wet track conditions to pick off the top riders one by one. He won by a remarkable 12.054 seconds in the end, and is now sixth overall with his 25 points for the win. Lanzi’s pace in the wet was such that he lapped everybody up to 12th place.
Pole man Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda) had led the race from a while, but fell while well clear of the chasing pack, finding a slippery patch of tarmac under braking which caused the rear end of his bike to come round on him. He restarted, but with bent control levers and handlebars he was to fall again and then retire.
Such was the unpredictable nature of the Assen race weekend for many other top competitors that Lowes is still third overall and only 14 points from the lead, which is shared between Kawasaki riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret.
Broc Parkes (Ten Kate Racing Products Honda) also led the race on the opening lap, but had to drop back as the conditions changed through the race. He was to finish fourth, having started second on the grid, and was happy in the end result to score points after missing out at the previous round. He is now fourth, only two points behind Lowes.
Third in qualifying for Jules Cluzel (PTR Honda) was converted to sixth in the race, as he lost touch with the original leading group of four, and then had Alex Baldolini pass him for fifth.
Another good day for Team Lorini Honda riders Andrea Antonelli and Roberto Tamburini saw them seventh and ninth respectively, and inside the top ten in points. Thomas Caiani (Kuja Racing Honda) was 12th and not lapped by Lanzi, but in his debut ride PJ Jacobsen (Bogdanka Honda PTR) was 13th, and in the points, despite being passed by Lanzi. Imre Toth (Racing Team Toth Honda) was 16th.
Ronan Quarmby (PTR Honda) and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) did not finish, nor did Martin Jessopp (Riders PTR Honda). Valentine Debise (SMS Racing Honda) was another non-finisher, just like Mathew Scholtz (Bogdanka PTR Honda).
|1||S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|2||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|3||C. CHECA (Althea Racing)|
|4||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|5||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|6||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|7||J. SMRZ (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert)|
|8||N. CANEPA (Red Devils Roma)|
|9||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|10||L. MERCADO (Team Pedercini)|
|11||M. BERGER (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|12||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|13||D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)|
|14||L. ZANETTI (PATA Racing Team)|
|15||M. AITCHISON (Grillini Progea Superbike Team)|
|1||J. REA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|2||S. GUINTOLI (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing)|
|3||E. LAVERTY (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|4||M. MELANDRI (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|5||L. HASLAM (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)|
|6||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|7||A. BADOVINI (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|8||M. BIAGGI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|9||D. GIUGLIANO (Althea Racing)|
|10||M. FABRIZIO (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet)|
|11||J. HOPKINS (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)|
|12||D. SALOM (Team Pedercini)|
|13||H. AOYAMA (Honda World Superbike Team)|
|14||L. CAMIER (Crescent Fixi Suzuki)|
|15||L. MERCADO (Team Pedercini)|
|1||L. LANZI (PRORACE)|
|2||K. SOFUOGLU (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)|
|3||V. LEONOV (Yakhnich Motorsport)|
|4||B. PARKES (Ten Kate Racing Products)|
|5||A. BALDOLINI (Power Team by Suriano)|
|6||J. CLUZEL (PTR Honda)|
|7||A. ANTONELLI (Team Lorini)|
|8||T. VAN POPPEL (TRG Motorsport)|
|9||R. TAMBURINI (Team Lorini)|
|10||S. VOSKAMP (Konvi Racing Team)|
|11||R. LANUSSE (Kawasaki Intermoto Step)|
|12||T. CAIANI (KUJA Racing)|
|13||P. JACOBSEN (Bogdanka Honda PTR)|
|14||L. MARCONI (VFT Racing)|
|15||S. MORAIS (Kawasaki DeltaFin Lorenzini)|