WSBK » 25 April 2010
Rea leads all-British podium at Assen
Rea wins for Ten Kate Honda on home ground, but it pushed all the way by an inspired Toseland and Camier
Jonathan Rea has won his first World Superbike Championship race of the season after holding off a feisty James Toseland and Leon Camier for an all-British podium at Assen.
An exciting conclusion to the first WSBK race of the day would see Rea, Toseland and Camier dicing for victory after breaking away in the latter stages, but while Toseland nosed ahead with three laps remaining, Rea would snatch back the initiative before sprinting to the finish line.
Having started from pole position, Rea sat behind early leader Troy Corser for ten laps before muscling his way through, but he was never able to stretch away from the chasing pack.
It meant Toseland, who stalked his way up the field from tenth on the grid, was able to grab the lead briefly towards the end with a daring move at the final corner chicane, only for Rea to get it back on the ensuing home straight before holding on for victory.
Indeed, Rea was made to work hard from the start of the race after slotting into third position initially behind Corser, who made the most of his front row grid slot, and Camier, the Briton making good use of his fast-starting Aprilia.
Just behind, Jakub Smrz clung onto fourth despite almost coming together with Rea through the opening turns, ahead of Max Biaggi and Toseland, the latter up to sixth at the close of the opening lap from the third row.
It wasn't long before Toseland was making swift progress up the order, relieving Biaggi of fifth on lap two and latching onto the lead pack.
By contrast, championship leader Leon Haslam was having a troublesome time on the Suzuki Alstare, the Briton straight-lining the final chicane to drop to ninth on lap four, before a further error on lap five saw him slip out of the points in 16th.
Up at the front, Corser looked comfortable in the lead, the BMW rider controlling the pace as Rea moved into second at the expense of Camier, while Smrz would also get the better of the reigning BSB champion soon after.
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