Assen WorldSBK: Rea cruises to sprint race win

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Reigning WorldSBK king Jonathan Rea took his second victory of the weekend this morning, walking away from the pack in the Superpole race with title challenger Toprak Razgatlioglu snatching second from Michael Rinaldi on the lap.

And it didn’t end there for Rinaldi as Andrea Locatelli, on the second works Yamaha, went past his compatriot as well to bag his first WorldSBK podium but the results were changed by stewards

Both of the Yamaha men were penalised for track limits offences and dropped one place, meaning Rinaldi was back to second and Razgatlioglu ended up third.

Scott Redding, a potential podium man himself dropped off the final pace for fifth place on his official Ducati. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was sixth, on the tail of Redding.

Behind the top six group Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) got the better of Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) but both riders will now start the final race of the weekend from the third now, not the back row after their Saturday Superpole disasters.

Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven Ducati) and Axel Bassani (MotoCorsa Racing Ducati) completed the top ten after Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Ducati) had dropped his fast early pace to finish 11th. Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) was 12th and his team mate Alvaro Bautista crashed again and restarted to finish 18th and last.

Local hero Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) crashed and was the only non-finisher.

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) did not ride as his race one crash broke his scaphoid bone and his is already in France to have surgery.

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