Cue the celebrations... six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea wins race #100 with Kawasaki after getting the better of Alvaro Bautista in a last lap shooutout at Assen.

Update: Bautista has been demoted to third after being deemed to have gained an advantage by running onto the green, promting an angry response from the Spaniard. 

2022 World Superbike Assen, Netherlands - Amended Superpole Race Results
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK9 Laps
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+0.267s
3Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.300s
4Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+6.959s
5Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+11.997s
6Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+12.953s
7Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+13.410s
8Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+13.512s
9Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+13.567s
10Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+13.871s
11Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+14.239s
12Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+16.491s
13Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+16.800s
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+18.989s
15Michael Van Der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+20.625s
16Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+21.463s
17Leon HaslamGBRPedercini Kawasaki+23.762s
18Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+23.998s
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+24.207s
20Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+25.949s
21Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing+33.209s
22Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+33.519s
23Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+33.717s
24Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKDNF

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

Hoping to make swift progress following a disastrous race one, Michael Rinaldi clipped the rear of Rea on the entry to turn five. It’s contact that did nothing to deter Rea who made his way past team-mate Alex Lowes for P3 two turns later. 

Setting a very hot pace out front, Razgatlioglu was making it hard for Bautista and Rea to get close. 

That all changed on lap three as Bautista used the Panigale V4 R’s lovely turning to close in on the world champion.

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

Tantalisingly close, Bautista and Rea were doing everything to make a move, however, Razgatlioglu was holding strong. 

But with three and a bit laps to go Bautista produced a stunning move heading into turn seven to take the lead, while Rea did the same to the Yamaha man two corners later for second.

After leading the last four and a half laps, Bautista was passed by Rea into turn seven, and although a late charge was put down by the Ducati rider, Rea once again held strong into the final chicane. 

Alex Lowes suffered a late issue which resulted in him missing out on a second consecutive points scoring finish. 

As throttles began being twisted in anticipation for lights out, Gabriele Ruiu was seen waving his hands towards the back of the grid, leading to a delayed start. 

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

Assen World Superbike Records

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

Fastest Race lap - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki 1:34.545s (2022)

Most wins - Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki (17)

2021 Winners 

Race One - Jonathan Rea 

Superpole Race - Jonathan Rea 

Race Two - Jonathan Rea 

2022 Winners 

Race One - Jonathan Rea

Superpole Race - Jonathan Rea

Round two of the 2022 World Superbike championship is taking place without Belgian rider Loris Cresson, as Pedercini Kawasaki announced an immediate split before the weekend due to a failure to fulfil financial agreements on Cresson’s side. 

Cresson, who was initially signed through to the end of 2022, was set for a second full season in Superbikes before the termination of his contract on Wednesday. 

It means BSB rider Leon Haslam, who was already scheduled to take part in four wildcard rounds with the team this season was drafted in for FP1 and thus, the remainder of the Assen event. Haslam and Pedercini have already agreed to increase his participation in the 2022 championship, but exactly how many rounds Haslam will do is yet to be confirmed. 

Eugene Laverty will officially take no further part in the weekend after suffering a big highside in FP1. The Bonovo Action BMW rider attempted to ride in FP3 before missing Superpole. 

Updated 2022 Assen WorldSBK Weekend Schedule


14:00 WorldSBK Race Two

Live 2022 World Superbike Championship Standings (Top 10) 
Pos RiderNatTeamPointsDiff
1 Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK79 
2 Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati77-2
3 Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK55-22
4 Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati32-47
5 Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK29-50
6 Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK29-50
7 Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW24-55
8 Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK23-56
9 Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team22-57
10 Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati19-60