Jonathan Rea is thrilled to continue his domination of the 2017 World Superbike championship by securing his third double race victory of the campaign to make it seven wins out of eight races.

The defending World Superbike champion backed up his race one victory by edging out team-mate Tom Sykes at the finish line by just 0.025s for his seventh consecutive win at the iconic Dutch circuit.

Rea's win made it a clean sweep at Assen having claimed the fastest lap in both races plus Superpole, but was demoted a row due to a penalty for blocking Chaz Davies during qualifying, as he continued to add records to his name while strengthening his grip on the World Superbike title.

Rea was made to sweat for his race two victory as he saw a one-second lead evaporate when he was pushed wide by high winds at turn 11 which opened the door to Sykes.

"Today was a race of two halves," Rea said. "In the first half I raced hard until I got a warning so in the second half I just managed things to try and be safe and bring her home. I had a little bit left at the end but the biggest problem was the wind today. I was pulling a gap but then I had a huge front slide in T11, and my foot came off the peg, at mid-race distance.

"I decided just to ride and save something for the last laps after that. I had a big wobble coming out of 11 again near the end and I then just tried to be clever in the last lap and cover the last corner. My line was probably not the fastest way around there but it covered any move up the inside and I made it to the line first."

"It has been an incredible weekend of racing. I have been especially happy with Superpole yesterday because the lap I made then was maybe the best lap I have ever made on a bike. I am really proud of that. Of course the race wins were really nice to take away."

Rea leaves the fourth round of the year with a 64-point lead on nearest rival Sykes while on his 200th World Superbike race start he claimed his 45th career victory - 11 coming at Assen just one behind the all-time record of Carl Fogarty on 12.

It was Rea's 13th double victory weekend in World Superbikes.

As a mark of Rea's domination the Northern Irish rider has dropped just five points from a total of 200 available in the 2017 World Superbike championship and is in unstoppable form heading towards an unprecedented third consecutive world title.



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