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Assen WSBK: Rea wins again as Davies breaks down

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Assen WSBK: Rea wins again as Davies breaks down
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Apr 29, 2017, 11:49 AM

Jonathan Rea took his sixth victory in seven World Superbike races after a race-long duel with Chaz Davies which ended in the Ducati rider suffering a mechanical breakdown.

Start: Chaz Davies, Ducati Team leads
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team

Rea had initially secured pole position, but was handed a three-place penalty for blocking Davies during a fast lap in Superpole - an incident that led to a spat between the pair in Parc Ferme.

That meant Rea's Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes started from pole position, ahead of Davies, Lorenzo Savadori's Milwaukee Aprilia and Rea - but it was Davies who raced into an early lead, with Rea moving clear of Sykes to lead the pursuit of the Ducati rider on the second lap.

Rea followed closely in Davies' wheeltracks for a number of laps, with Sykes following the pair closely as the three leaders quickly distanced themselves from fourth-placed Marco Melandri (Ducati).

It wasn't until the 18th lap of 21 that Rea finally found a way past Davies for the first time, but the Welshman immediately responded by taking back the lead at the final chicane.

Both moves repeated themselves on the following lap, with Davies keeping the advantage, but Rea managed to seize back the advantage on the penultimate lap with an inside move at Turn 3.

But as the pair reached the final chicane, Davies' Panigale R started to slow, before coming to a halt on the start/finish straight - giving Rea a clear run to a sixth successive win at Assen.

Sykes made it a Kawasaki 1-2, 4.5 seconds behind Rea at the finish, while Melandri completed the podium a further 13s behind.

Securing fourth and therefore reverse grid pole for Sunday's second race was Barni Ducati rider Xavi Fores, ahead of Savadori and Stefan Bradl (Honda), who took his best WSBK finish so far in sixth.

Completing the top 10 were Kawasaki privateer Roman Ramos, the second Milwaukee Aprilia of Eugene Laverty, Leandro Mercado (Ioda Aprilia) and Leon Camier (MV Augusta).

Nicky Hayden had been in the mix for a top 10 finish on the second Honda, but faded to 14th on the final lap.

Both Yamaha riders crashed out of the race, with home hero Michael van der Mark going down early after dropping to last at the first corner, and Alex Lowes falling at Turn 10 at mid-distance.

Race results:

Pos.No.DriverBikeGap
1 1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 21 laps
2 66 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 4.501
3 33 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 17.673
4 12 spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 22.569
5 32 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 30.797
6 6 germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 33.530
7 40 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 39.176
8 36 argentina Leandro Mercado  Aprilia 39.254
9 50 ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 39.266
10 2 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 41.493
11 88 switzerland Randy Krummenacher  Kawasaki 43.623
12 15 san_marino Alex de Angelis  Kawasaki 48.218
13 35 italy Raffaele De Rosa  BMW 49.487
14 69 united_states Nicky Hayden  Honda 50.016
15 86 italy Ayrton Badovini  Kawasaki  
16 37 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki  
Ret  7 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati  
Ret  81 spain Jordi Torres  BMW  
Ret  22 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha  
Ret  84 italy Riccardo Russo  Yamaha  
Ret  60 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha  
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Series World Superbike
Event Assen
Location TT Circuit Assen
Drivers Tom Sykes , Chaz Davies , Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author Jamie Klein