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:

1Jonathan ReaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR
2Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R2.819
3Eugene LavertyAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory12.638
4Marco MelandriBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR12.762
5Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad MotorsportBMW S1000 RR12.764
6Tom SykesKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10R20.393
7Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR36.317
8Max BiaggiAprilia Racing TeamAprilia RSV4 Factory37.747
9Davide GiuglianoAlthea RacingDucati 1098R41.35
10Michel FabrizioBMW Motorrad Italia GoldBetBMW S1000 RR43.93
11John HopkinsCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100057.515
12David SalomTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1’32.593
13Hiroshi AoyamaHonda World Superbike TeamHonda CBR1000RR1’33.576
14Leon CamierCrescent Fixi SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001 Lap
15Leandro MercadoTeam PederciniKawasaki ZX-10R1 Lap
16Mark AitchisonGrillini Progea Superbike TeamBMW S1000 RR1 Lap
17Carlos ChecaAlthea RacingDucati 1098R1 Lap
RTLorenzo ZanettiPATA Racing TeamDucati 1098R
RTJakub SmrzLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R
RTChaz DaviesParkinGO MTC RacingAprilia RSV4 Factory
RTMaxime BergerTeam Effenbert Liberty RacingDucati 1098R
RTBrett McCormickLiberty Racing Team EffenbertDucati 1098R
RTNiccolo CanepaRed Devils RomaDucati 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.