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Jonathan Rea has clinched a third consecutive double race victory at Assen after beating Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes to the line by less than one tenth of a second.

The defending World Superbike champion produced a hallmark charge through the field having started from ninth and it took just three laps until he was in the lead by passing Milwaukee Aprilia's Eugene Laverty.

Sykes followed Rea through with the Northern Irish rider quickly building a one second lead, only to see it scratched out when he ran wide by high winds at turn 10.

Sykes was able to keep close to Rea but was unable to carve out a clear passing opportunity at the iconic Dutch track.

In the sprint to the finish line through the final chicane, Sykes pulled alongside his team-mate but missed out on a first win of the season by 0.025s.

Rea's dominance at Assen has continued with his seventh straight win in the Netherlands to extend his total to 11 race wins - just one behind the all-time wins record of 12 held by Carl Fogarty.

With a third double victory in 2017 Rea has now claimed seven wins in the opening eight races to extend his World Superbike championship lead to 64 points on Sykes.

Behind the front two Chaz Davies, who was cruelly denied a last-lap duel for the win in race one, lost the pace of the front two having started 10th on the grid and despite a relatively untroubled race he finished five seconds back in third for the Aruba.it Racing Ducati.

Local favourite Michael van der Mark led home an impressive Pata Yamaha charge in fourth place with team-mate Alex Lowes in fifth having started from the fourth and fifth rows respectively.

Leon Camier was also able to follow Lowes through the field on the shaken up race two grid to claim an outstanding sixth place for MV Agusta.

Jordi Torres, who was also painfully denied a positive result in race one by a flat tyre, rescued a result at Assen by pinching seventh place from a fading Laverty whose pace dropped off in the closing laps.

Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl gave the Ten Kate Racing-run Red Bull Honda squad its first double two ten result of 2017 with the new Fireblade which will please the Netherlands-based squad in a difficult start to the year with the new bike.

Roman Ramos profited from a blitzing start to eventually take 11th place ahead of IodaRacing Aprilia's Leandro Mercado as pole-sitter Xavi Fores faded badly to finish 13th as Randy Krummenacher and Alex de Angelis completed the points places.

Marco Melandri was the biggest name to fail to finish in race two after slipping off at the exit of turn five on lap seven while battling for a lowly ninth place on the factory Ducati.

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