World Superbike and World Supersport 2014
Two podium finishes, including a wet race two win at Assen in the FIM Superbike World Championship have put Jonathan Rea fourth in the championship fight after three rounds.
At his team’s home track Rea was fast all weekend, qualifying in fifth place and taking third place in race one. The first race was held in basically dry conditions with damp patches in evidence around the circuit at the start. It was scheduled for 21 laps but had to be stopped early due to an oil leak from one of the competitor’s machines. The results were called after 16 laps with Rea 4.116 seconds behind race winner Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) and one place behind Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) on the podium.
In the second race Rea hit the front early and pushed hard to get away from some recognised rain experts immediately behind him. His tactic worked perfectly as he led every lap, winning the much-delayed final ten lap race by 2.2 seconds, ahead of Alex Lowes (Suzuki) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati).
Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) scored eighth place in race one after a fight with the main warring pack but improved to fifth in race two, securing his best individual race finish of the year so far. Leon is now ninth in the championship, having scored points in all races except the season opener in Australia.
Race two was held in full wet conditions after a dry race had been initially declared. A sudden shower that developed into a deluge just before the re-start caused the wet tyres to be brought out but the first attempted running of the race lasted only three laps before worsening conditions caused the red flag to be waved to stop the race.
After two track inspections the rain eased enough to allow a ten-lap race to take place, with Rea running out a popular winner on a great day for Dutch race fans, after Michael van der Mark won the WSS race for Pata Honda.
The next round takes place in Italy, at the classic Imola circuit, on Sunday May 11.
van Der Mark Wins His First WSS Race at His Home Round
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) was unstoppable in the third round of the FIM Supersport World Championship at his home venue of Assen, winning by a massive 9.494 seconds and jumping up to second in the championship standings in the process.
The 21-year-old Dutch rider led from lap two to the 18th and final tour around the 4.542km circuit, cheered on by his enthusiastic home crowd. He took the new lap record in what was his second podium scoring ride of the 2014 championship, on lap seven with a time of 1’38.587s. He had qualified on the front row in third place and scored his fifth career podium at this race.
‘Mikey’ became the first Dutch WSS race winner since 2004 and the first rider in the Ten Kate-operated WSS effort to win a race since 2011.
Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) felt confident of a good result and he duly scored fifth place in the race after starting from seventh place on the grid. He now occupies eighth place in the overall points standings. He improved on his qualifying performance by two positions in the race with his own home round coming up next, at Imola in Italy.
Another Italian rider, Raffaele De Rosa (CIA Insurance Honda) had a lonely race in eighth position, having started tenth on the grid. He found a good setup for the race with his team and used it to the full, but could not stay with the leading groups of riders and finished 21.3 seconds behind van der Mark.
Marco Bussolotti (Team Lorini Honda) had a fighting midfield ride to score points in 11th place, four seconds up on 13th placed Ratthapark Wilairot (Core PTR Honda). Bussolotti’s team-mate Riccardo Russo (Team Lorini Honda) was the final Honda points scorer in 14th.
Nacho Calero (CIA Insurance Honda) experienced a technical issue in the morning but recovered to take 17th place, with British rider Fraser Rogers (Com Plus SMS Racing) 19th from the 21 finishers.
Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) fell while trying to defend sixth place, having been as high as third after qualifying in fifth place.
The next round is at Imola, Italy, on May 11.
|1||S. GUINTOLI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|2||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|3||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|4||L. BAZ (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||T. ELIAS (Red Devils Roma)|
|6||M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|8||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|18||K. BOS (Winteb LiquidRubber Racing T.)|
|1||J. REA (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|2||A. LOWES (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki)|
|3||D. GIUGLIANO (Ducati Superbike Team)|
|4||T. SYKES (Kawasaki Racing Team)|
|5||L. HASLAM (PATA Honda World Superbike)|
|6||M. MELANDRI (Aprilia Racing Team)|
|11||K. BOS (Winteb LiquidRubber Racing)|
|1||M. VD MARK (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|2||F. MARINO (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres)|
|3||J. CLUZEL (MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M.)|
|4||K. COGHLAN (DMC Panavto-Yamaha)|
|5||L. ZANETTI (PATA Honda World Supersport)|
|6||R. ROLFO (Team GO Eleven)|
|8||R. DE ROSA (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|11||M. BUSSOLOTTI (Team Lorini)|
|13||R. WILAIROT (Core PTR Honda)|
|14||R. RUSSO (Team Lorini)|
|17||N. CALERO (CIA Insurance Honda)|
|19||F. ROGERS (Com Plus SMS Racing)|
|RT||J. KENNEDY (CIA Insurance Honda)|