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Jonathan Rea has come out on top in a thrilling race one at Assen to extend his World Superbike championship lead over Chaz Davies in second while Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark both crashed out in the lead pack.

After rain washed out the practice sessions it was a relative step into the unknown for all the riders which saw a tight front group fight for the lead over the opening stages. Davies, a dominant double winner in Aragon last time out, looked to press ahead in the middle stages but couldn't escape the hunting pack which set up a spectacular final few laps.

Pole sitter Sykes crashed out early on at the entry to the final chicane and his exit allowed van der Mark to take his fight for a maiden World Superbike race win but he also tumbled out close to the end. While swapping passes with Rea and Davies he lost the front end on the penultimate lap while running in second and lost out on a certain podium.

The local hero's fall let Rea blast clear at the front on the final lap and after Davies suffered a moment into turn one on the last lap it meant any final drama was prevented which handed the defending champion his 33rd career WSBK win and his first since race one at Thailand.

Davies held off a late attack from Nicky Hayden who will be delighted to secure a maiden WSBK podium result at his team's home round.

Surprise package Leon Camier grabbed a fantastic fourth place for MV Agusta ahead of Jordi Torres and Lorenzo Savadori. Markus Reiterberger, Alex Lowes, Roman Ramos and Lucas Mahias completed the top ten finishers, with Assen once again producing a thrilling race on its 25th anniversary of hosting the World Superbike championship.

At lights out, even though Sykes held the holeshot with team-mate jumping to second a mistake into turn one on lap two pushed him wide to allow the defending champion through to the lead. While the pair sized each other up it allowed Davies to slice through the field and into third.

Sykes then gave away second place to Davies after slightly running wide at turn three to give Davies an easy pass. The Welsh rider, off the back off his dominant double at Aragon, wasted no time and made his move for the lead by out-dragging Rea down the back straight.

Rea looked to instantly repay the favour on the home straight but out braked himself into turn one to slip down to fourth. The Northern Irishman's mistake released local star van der Mark on to Sykes.

With the pole sitter coming under sustained pressure from van der Mark, who moved ahead of him for second, and Rea forced Sykes into an aggressive pass attempt on the outside in the entry to the final chicane but carrying extra speed he failed to get his bike stopped and duly low-sided into the travel trap.

Davies continued to lead from Rea and van der Mark but unlike Aragon the Ducati rider was unable to blast clear out front in the middle third of the race. As a result, the rostrum order was continually shaken up to set up a thrilling finale.

On lap 17 Davies lost two places in half a lap as Rea shot clear with van der Mark. The trio were trading passes as the laps ticked down but it was to end prematurely for the Dutch rider who dropped his Honda into a lowside crash chasing the leader Rea.

van der Mark's early exit saw Rea escape at the front, pulling out a half second advantage to see himself home for his 33rd World Superbike career victory with Davies fending off Nicky Hayden at the finish line.

 

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