Rea wins and regains the leadership

The Briton dominated at Assen for much of a race that ended with a red flag for Folger's crash. Redding and Razgatlioglu closed the podium.


The opening bars of the first Superbike race at Assen was a dialogue between Rea and Razgatlioglu. The British started from pole and confirmed it during the first corners, but was soon caught by the Turk, who started second. From there, the first two classifieds in the general classification were exchanging the first position during the first quarter of the race, until the one from Kasawaki managed to open a gap and put the direct towards a new victory that leads to recover the leadership of the Worldwide.

While, from behind, Rinaldi was in third place for the first two laps until he crashed, a position that Redding inherited. The Briton passed Razgatlioglu with 14 laps remaining in the race, but the Turk returned the overtaking four laps later. This fight for second place took all the limelight once Rea left alone and fourth, Van der Mark, failed to get close enough to get into the fight for the podium. Finally, Redding took the jack to the water and climbed to the second step of the podium while the Turk had to settle for third place in a race that ended with a red flag two laps from the end due to a strong fall from Folger who was transferred, conscious, by ambulance to the medical center.

As for the Spanish, Álvaro Bautista crashed in the second round, Tito Rabat had to retire due to a technical problem in his Ducati and Isaac Viñales finished 11th.

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