Rea & Guintoli Split In Superbikes
ASSEN, Netherlands – Sylvain Guintoli and Jonathan Rea split Sunday’s World Superbike event that was slowed by rain at TT Circuit Assen.
Race one belonged to Guintoli of the Aprilia Racing Team. The race was classified dry and as the lights went out it was Guintoli who took the hole-shot with Reaand the Kawasaki Racing Team duo of Loris Baz and Tom Sykes giving chase.
A red flag in the closing laps as Sykes was closing in on the leading Aprilia riders meant the result would stand with Rea finishing third.
Baz took fourth with Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) eventually classified fifth and sixth respectively.
Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) finished in 10th position to end the race as the highest EVO category rider.
Mother Nature arrived early in race two. Guintoli was in front looking for a sweep of the World Superbike event when it began to rain three laps into the race, forcing officials to stop the race.
After a lengthy delay and with conditions visibly better, the riders returned to the track. The race was shortened from 15 laps to 10 laps by officials during the stoppage, meaning there were seven laps left when the race restarted.
It was Pata Honda’s Rea that emerged victorious ahead of Alex Lowes and Davide Giugliano, who completed the podium in tricky conditions.
Sykes, Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri rounded out the top six. Guintoli crashed at the chicane but was fortunate enough to be able to remount to salvage ninth at the flag.
In the EVO class, Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) came home in 10th to earn the class victory.