WSBK: Race Results for Race 1 at Assen

04/22/2012 @ 2:31 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

WSBK: Race Results for Race 1 at Assen Tom Sykes Assen WSBK Kawasaki 635x423

As had been the case all week, World Superbike had to look to the skies before Race 1 at Assen to determine what the weather gods had in store for the Dutch track. Expecting fair conditions for Race 1, and rain expected for Race 2, teams again would have continue to have to juggle two different setups for their riders.

With the grid on slicks for the start of Race 1, things would come to crashing halt just nine laps later, as the rain made an early appearance. Red-flagged and restarted, Race 1 ended up being a very wet affair. Click past the jump for spoilers and results.

Starting from the pole position, Tom Sykes continued to show Kawasaki’s new form in WSBK racing. Leading through the first turn, the British rider didn’t look back as he stormed away from the field — that is of course until his Kawasaki ZX-10R gave up the ghost, which forced Sykes to retire early and again miss out on his first race win of the season. Watching BMW Motorrad flirt with its first race win as well with Melandri and Haslam trailing in second and third, the rain came down on Assen, and the red flags came out.

Before Race 1 could get restarted, Leon Camier would crash in the warm-up, giving a testament to the truly brutal conditions. A race of attrition, numerous riders would find a lack of adhesion around the Dutch track, including race leader Leon Haslam, who had a mammoth lead over the rest of the field at the time of his get-off.

The conditions and shrinking field would be a boon to Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli though, who took his first WSBK race win ever in Race 1. He would be followed by fellow Ducati riders Davide Giugliano & Carlos Checa, as well as the factory Aprilia squad, which saw Max Biaggi benefit immensely from the wet weather, as the Italian had to start from the fifth row and finish fourth.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 1 at Assen, The Netherlands:

Pos.RiderTeamBikeDiff.
1Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R-
2Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R2.633
3Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R3.031
4Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory3.927
5Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory4.374
6Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR11.359
7Jakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R26.412
8Niccolo CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 1098R37.562
9Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR49.896
10Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’08.847
11Maxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R1’11.760
12Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’13.988
13David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’27.019
14Lorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R1 Lap
15Mark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1 Lap
RTAyrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR
RTChaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory
RTLeon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR
RTJohn HopkinsCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
RTLeon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R1000
RTJonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR

Source: WSBK; Photo: Kawasaki Racing

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