Assen WSBK: Rea completes treble as Yamahas collide

Jonathan Rea romped to a third successive World Superbike victory in Sunday's final race of the weekend at Assen, as Yamaha riders Toprak Razgatlioglu and Garrett Gerloff collided at Turn 1.

Victory in the Superpole race on Sunday morning gave Rea pole for the second 21-lap encounter of the weekend, but it was Razgatlioglu from third on the grid who appeared set to lead the pack through the first corner.

That was until the GRT Yamaha of Gerloff, coming from eighth on the grid, barrelled his way up the inside and made contact with Razgatlioglu, causing the Turkish rider to crash out of the race.

Emerging from the chaos with the lead was the surviving factory Yamaha of Andrea Locatelli, who led from Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Alex Lowes as Rea was pushed wide at Turn 1 and slipped to sixth at the end of the opening lap.

But Rea was soon on the move, passing Michael van der Mark's BMW for fifth on lap two and then Kawasaki teammate Lowes for fourth and Scott Redding's Ducati for third on the next tour.

One lap later, Rea was up to second at the expense of Rinaldi and starting to eat into Locatelli's advantage up front.

Locatelli had managed to escape to the tune of around 1.4 seconds, but by lap seven that gap had been halved, and by the end of lap 10 Rea was right on the tail of the Italian rookie.

The inevitable move came on the last chicane on lap 11, and from there Rea had a clear path to an eighth victory of the season and his first weekend sweep since last year's Portimao round.

With Razgatlioglu failing to score for the first time in 2021, it gives Rea a comfortable 37-point championship lead.

Locatelli found himself having to defend from Redding's Ducati in the latter stages, with the Briton muscling his way past the Yamaha on lap 19 to match his Saturday race result.

Locatelli nonetheless scored his first WSBK podium, having had his third-place finish in the Superpole race taken away at the finish due to a track limits infringement on the last lap.

Chaz Davies enjoyed his best outing since Estoril on the GoEleven Ducati as he passed the fading factory machine of Michael Ruben Rinaldi to finish in fourth.

Alvaro Bautista also passed Rinaldi to score his best finish of the season aboard the Honda in fifth.

Rinaldi finally dropped to eighth at the finish behind the BMW of van der Mark and the Kawasaki of Lowes, albeit gaining one position back when the other BMW of Tom Sykes crashed late on.

Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Ducati) and Leon Haslam (Honda) rounded out the top 10, while Sykes remounted to score a solitary point in 15th.

After causing Razgatlioglu's demise, Gerloff was handed a ride-through penalty, dropping him to the rear of the pack, before the American's race ended with a heavy crash at Turn 9.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1  
2 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1 1.605
3 55 Italy Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1 3.431
4 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies Ducati 1 8.695
5 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 1 9.584
6 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark BMW 1 12.691
7 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1 12.992
8 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1 13.752
9 47 Italy Axel Bassani Ducati 1 19.087
10 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam Honda 1 19.629
11 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1 20.974
12 3 Japan Kohta Nozane Yamaha 1 34.615
13 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado Honda 1 35.640
14 32 Spain Isaac Viñales Kawasaki 1 38.917
15 66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 1 47.840
16 9 Italy Andrea Mantovani Kawasaki 1 56.387
17 84 Belgium Loris Cresson Kawasaki 1  
  31 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1  
  54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 0  
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