Jonathan Rea won his second World Superbike race of the season in Assen, beating Alvaro Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu in a thrilling three-way battle.

Rea, a Kawasaki rider, edged over Bautista by 0.103 seconds to reclaim the championship lead from the Ducati rider, with poleman Razgatlioglu falling out of contention in the closing stages.

Razgatlioglu took the lead from the start, but Rea quickly passed the reigning champion’s Yamaha teammate Andrea Locatelli to take second.

Rea took the lead on lap three of the 21st, diving up the inside of the final chicane and seemingly dictating the pace thereafter, with a six-rider train developing at the front of the pack, including Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Ducati factory riders.

At this point, Bautista was fifth behind Alex Lowes’ second Kawasaki, but he managed to pass Lowes and Locatelli on consecutive laps until Lowes experienced a race-ending mechanical failure on lap 11.

With Locatelli dropping out of the lead pack, the race quickly devolved into a three-way struggle, with Razgatlioglu regaining the lead from Rea by the end of lap 13.

However, the Turkish rider was unable to go clear at the front of the field, and Rea was able to reclaim the lead on lap 16 with a bold late-braking move into Turn 1.

Several turns later, Bautista passed Razgatlioglu to take over as Rea’s main rival, and on lap 18, the Spaniard briefly took the lead with a pass at the high-speed Ruskenhoek chicane – only for Rea to respond immediately by going around the outside at the Stekkenwal right-hander.

After regaining the lead, Rea held off Bautista’s efforts to win his 16th WSBK race in Assen.

Razgatlioglu had to settle for third place, a second behind the leaders, with colleague Locatelli finishing in a lonely fourth place, nine seconds behind.

Iker Lecuona finished fifth for Honda, followed by top BMW rider Loris Baz and Philipp Oettl on the satellite GoEleven Ducati, following an accident for Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi in the closing stages.

Garrett Gerloff of the GRT Yamaha fell back in the early stages after opting for a harder rear tyre than the SCX compound used by the majority, but he caught Scott Redding on the final lap for eighth.

Redding finished ninth, his best finish as a BMW rider, while teammate Michael van der Mark finished 13th in his return from injury.

Despite a last-lap collision, Puccetti Kawasaki’s Lucas Mahias finished 15th, just holding off Pedercini Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam, who was brought in late as a substitute for Loris Cresson this weekend.

2022 WORLD SUPERBIKE ASSEN, NETHERLANDS – RACE RESULTS (1)

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK21 Laps
2Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.103s
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+1.014s
4Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+9.712s
5Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+17.451s
6Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+17.983s
7Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+22.002s
8Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+24.545s
9Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+25.188s
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+26.938s
11Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+35.566s
12Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+41.901s
13Michael Van Der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team41.967s
14Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+42.014s
15Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+45.699s
16Leon HaslamGBRPedercini Kawasaki+45.882s
17Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+45.972s
18Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+45.975s
19Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+48.144s
20Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+58.169s
21Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1 Lap
22Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing DucatiDNF
23Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKDNF
24Gabriele RuiuITABmax RacingDNF

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