2022 World Superbike Assen, Netherlands – Superpole Race Results

Long live the festivities… Six-time Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea wins race #100 with Kawasaki after beating Alvaro Bautista on a final lap in Assen.

Update: Bautista has been demoted to third after he was seen to have gained an advantage while running onto the green, prompting an angry reaction from the Spaniard.

2022 World Superbike Assen, Netherlands – Amended Superpole Race Results
Pos Rider Nat Team Weather
1 Jonathan Rea UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK 9 rounds
2 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +0.267s
3 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +0.300s
4 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +6.959s
5 Iker Lecuona SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +11.997s
6 Loris Baz ENG Bonovo Stock BMW +12.953s
7 Garrett Gerloff UNITED STATES GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +13.410s
8 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +13.512s
9 Axel Bassani ITA Ducati Motocross +13.567s
ten Philipp Oettl ALL Go Eleven Ducati +13.871s
11 Scott Redding UK BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +14.239s
12 Xavier Virgo SPA HRC WorldSBK Team +16.491s
13 Lucas Mahias ENG Puccetti-Kawasaki +16.800s
14 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha +18.989s
15 Michel Van Der Mark NDE BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +20.625s
16 Roberto Tamburini ITA Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team +21.463s
17 Leon Haslam UK Kawasaki Pedercini +23.762s
18 Leandro Mercado AR MIE Honda Racing +23.998s
19 Christophe Ponsson ENG Gil Motor Sport Yamaha +24.207s
20 Luca Bernardi SM Barni Spark Ducati Team +25.949s
21 Gabriele Ruiu ITA Stroke Bmax +33.209s
22 Hafizh Syahrin EVIL MIE Honda Racing +33.519s
23 Olivier Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +33.717s
24 Alex Lowe UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK DNF

Starting from pole for the fourth time in five World Superbike races this season, Razgatlioglu got off to a brilliant start as did Bautista who moved from fifth to second.

Hoping to make quick progress after a disastrous first race, Michael Rinaldi clipped Rea’s rear on the entry to turn five. It was a contact that did nothing to deter Rea who overtook teammate Alex Lowes for P3 two laps later.

Setting a very fast pace up front, Razgatlioglu made it difficult for Bautista and Rea to close in.

Everything changed on lap three when Bautista used the Panigale V4 R’s nice corner to close in on the world champion.

Andrea Locatelli, who lost fifth place to Rinaldi on lap one, regained that spot with seven laps to go, while Lowes began to slip back from the top three.

Very close, Bautista and Rea did everything to move, however, Razgatlioglu held on.

But with three laps and a bit to go, Bautista pulled off a stunning move before turn seven to take the lead, while Rea did the same with the Yamaha man two turns later for second.

After leading the final four and a half laps, Bautista was passed by Rea into turn seven, and although a late charge was dropped by the Ducati rider, Rea again held firm in the final chicane.

Alex Lowes suffered a late problem that caused him to miss a second straight score.

As the throttles began to twist in anticipation of the lights going out, Gabriele Ruiu was seen waving his hands towards the back of the grid which delayed the start.

The Superpole race is then reduced from ten to nine laps.

Assen Superbike World Records

All-time lap record – Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Yamaha 1:32.934s (2022)

Fastest lap in race – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki 1:34.545s (2022)

Most wins – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki (17)

Winners 2021

First race – Jonathan Rea

Superpole Race – Jonathan Rea

Race 2 – Jonathan Rea

Winners 2022

First race – Jonathan Rea

Superpole Race – Jonathan Rea

Round two of the 2022 Superbike World Championship is being held without Belgian rider Loris Cresson, as Pedercini Kawasaki announced an immediate split ahead of the weekend due to a breach of financial agreements by Cresson’s side.

Cresson, originally signed until the end of 2022, was scheduled for a second full season in Superbike before his contract was terminated on Wednesday.

This means that BSB driver Leon Haslam, who was already due to take part in four generic rounds with the team this season, has been drafted for FP1 and therefore, the rest of the Assen event. Haslam and Pedercini have already agreed to increase his participation in the 2022 championship, but the exact number of rounds Haslam will make remains to be confirmed.

Eugene Laverty will officially no longer participate in the weekend after suffering a big highside in FP1. The Bonovo Action BMW driver attempted to race in FP3 before missing Superpole.

Assen WorldSBK 2022 Weekend Schedule Update

Sunday

2:00 p.m. Second WorldSBK race

2022 Superbike World Championship Live Ranking (Top 10)
Pos Rider Nat Team Points Difference
1 Jonathan Rea UK Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK 79
2 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati 77 -2
3 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK 55 -22
4 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati 32 -47
5 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK 29 -50
6 Iker Lecuona SPA HRC WorldSBK Team 29 -50
7 Loris Baz ENG Bonovo Stock BMW 24 -55
8 Xavier Virgo SPA HRC WorldSBK Team 23 -56
9 Garrett Gerloff UNITED STATES GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team 22 -57
ten Axel Bassani ITA Ducati Motocross 19 -60

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