Superbike World Championship Netherlands (Assen) 2016

Rea, King of the Netherlands

Beaten in Spain, Jonathan Rea put the record straight on the Assen circuit by winning both races. With this new twin-win the Kawasaki rider brings the number of his victories in the Netherlands to nine.

The Races

Only Fogarty has done better with twelve wins. Assen seems to be Jonathan Rea’s home turf… The Brit has now clocked up nine wins on the Dutch track. No one has ever beaten him on it since he joined the Kawasaki team.

“I don’t know why this circuit suits me so well,”

said the world champion.

“As in Australia earlier this year, I was just riding faster than my opponents this weekend. Our aim was to consolidate our lead in the championship and that’s what we did. So I’m be satisfied.”

Whether the circuit was dry or wet, Rea had the difficult conditions perfectly under control and pocketed fifty new points. Victim of a fall on Saturday afternoon, Tom Sykes meanwhile recorded his first Did Not Finish before making up for it on Sunday by taking second place on the podium.

In Supersport, during a race reduced to six laps because of the rain, Krummenacher led for few kilometres before giving ground after going off the track. In the lead as he approached the final lap, Kenan Sofuoglu also made a small mistake on a very slippery track. Although he managed to avoid a fall, the world champion crossed the finish line in third position, just ahead of his teammate.

The Championship

With two new victories, Jonathan Rea has broken away in the overall standings. The reigning world champion now has a forty-five point lead over Chaz Davies. Third in the championship, Tom Sykes is thirty-two points ahead of Michael van der Mark. In Supersport, Randy Krummenacher keeps his first place, but Kenan Sofuoglu is now only ten points away from his teammate.

The Background

Leader of the Supersport World Championship since his victory in the opening race in Australia, Randy Krummenacher has no regrets about leaving the Grand Prix and Moto2 Championships.

“I love my new life,”

said the Kawasaki rider.

“I’m really happy to finally be able to show what I can do. It’s great, it’s given me a whole new motivation. I learned a lot in the Grands Prix, but today it’s very complicated to show what you can do in Moto2 in a team that doesn’t have the financial means needed. Last year I had a chief engineer who had to handle everything. Today, with Kawasaki, I have a team where everyone does the job they’re supposed to do. And I love my bike and the Pirelli tires. The overall result is less rigid and better suited to my style of riding. I feel good, I’m confident.”

Obviously, Randy Krummenacher would like to win the Supersport title before earning himself a place in the Superbike Championship.

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