Jonathan Rea reinforced his outstanding record at Assen as the Pata Honda rider claimed his fifth victory since 2010 at the legendary Dutch circuit in tricky conditions on Sunday.
The Northern Ireland star also finished on the rostrum in race one in third place to cap a terrific weekend that saw Rea climb to fourth place in the World Superbike Championship, four points behind Kawasaki’s Loris Baz in third.
In stark contrast, Eugene Laverty had a nightmare day as the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki star crashed slid out to leave Assen empty-handed.
Rea won race two by 2.222 seconds from Laverty’s team-mate and reigning British Superbike champion Alex Lowes – ninth in race one – with Davide Giugliano (Ducati) finishing third.
Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli took victory in the dry in race one over world champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) with Rea third ahead of Frenchman Baz. The race was halted five laps before the end due to oil on the circuit.
Jubilant Honda star Rea said: “It’s been a really good weekend because we’ve been on the podium twice. To be honest, our dry pace was OK in race one but Sylvain [Guintoli] made such a fast start to the race, I struggled to go with him.
“After some delays [in race two], we got going for a 10-lap race and to win that was really special. It’s a wet race win around Assen but I kept having flash-backs to Magny-Cours in 2012 when I had a 10-second lead and crashed.
“For the last laps I just tried to be as smart as I could, and they were long laps, because I had a bit of a gap.
“It’s great to be able to give the team back some good vibes to roll with into the next part of the season.”
WSBK Race 1 – 1 S Guintoli, 2 T Sykes, 3 J Rea, 4 L Baz, 5 T Elias, 6 M Melandri.
WSBK Race 2 – 1 J Rea, 2 A Lowes, 3 D Giugliano, 4 T Sykes, 5 L Haslam, 6 M Melandri.
Championship points after three rounds: 1 Sykes 108, 2 Guintoli 96, 3 L Baz 93, 4 J Rea 89, 5 M Melandri 69, 6 D Giugliano 59.
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