WSBK: Race Results for Race 2 at Assen

04/22/2012 @ 3:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

In a role-reversal, Race 2 at Assen for World Superbike got underway with clear skies, and a Dutch track with only a few wet spots left to dry. With tire choice proving to be a critical component in the second race, the WSBK field ran the gamut with slicks, intermediates, and even full-wets making it onto the grid for the start. Lining up another exciting race, the fans in attendance were well-rewarded for enduring the rainy Race 1 at The Cathedral.

With Jakub Smrz getting the jump at the start, the Czech rider would be followed closely by Tom Sykes on his Kawasaki who was on full-slicks. Meanwhile seemingly racing backwards, Carlos Checa for reasons beyond imagination started the race on full-wets, and promptly had to pit during the race to get tires for the virtually dry conditions.

Smrz would dominate the majority of the race, while teammate and Race 1 winner Sylvain Guintoli worked his way up through the field. Holding a 1-2 lead for the Effenbert Liberty Racing Team, Smrz and Guintoli would trade positions with five laps remaining, though with three laps to go disaster would strike. Lapping Mark Aitchison, the duo would be caught by a charging Jonathan Rea. Pushed off the track while trying to get around Aitchison, Smrz would hit a wet-patch of grass, highsiding in the process and losing his second place position.

Unable to hold off Rea with his failing tires, Guintoli would have to settle for second, while Eugene Laverty, Marco Melandri, and Leon Haslam diced it up for the last spot on the podium. Fending off the two BMW riders, Laverty helped salvage what was looking like a horrible weekend for Aprilia, while Melandri just barely stayed ahead of Haslam at the line.

With Checa finishing last, Max Biaggi goes into the lead for the 2012 World Superbike Championship, ahead by just a solitary point. World Superbike meets again on May 5th at Monza, Italy.

Race Results from World Superbike Race 2 at Assen, The Netherlands:

Pos. Rider Team Bike Diff.
1 Jonathan Rea Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR
2 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2.819
3 Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 12.638
4 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 12.762
5 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 12.764
6 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 20.393
7 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 36.317
8 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 37.747
9 Davide Giugliano Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 41.35
10 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 43.93
11 John Hopkins Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 57.515
12 David Salom Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.593
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1’33.576
14 Leon Camier Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1 Lap
15 Leandro Mercado Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1 Lap
16 Mark Aitchison Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap
17 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1 Lap
RT Lorenzo Zanetti PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R
RT Jakub Smrz Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R
RT Chaz Davies ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory
RT Maxime Berger Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R
RT Brett McCormick Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R
RT Niccolo Canepa Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R

Source: WSBK; Photo: Honda

  • SBPilot

    No mention about Brett McCormick and his crash resulting in serious injuries? c’mon

    Haslam/Melandri finish was a photo finish.

  • ruiner23

    Agreed…although not as “popular” as other riders, he should atleast be mentioned. Our thoughts should be with McCormick…that was a very ugly crash

  • Jon

    As one of the Canadian fans on here; its sad to see the guy with the most talent in the country go down that hard. I wish him a speedy recovery. Below is the injury report. Luckily there doesn’t seem to be any cervical damage but one would assume that he’s done riding for a while.

  • Easy with the pitchforks boys, it’s the weekend — I can’t be in front of the computer the entire seven days of the week.