Alvaro Bautista regains the championship lead after winning a drama-filled Assen World Superbike race that saw Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea take each other out.

2022 World Superbike Assen, Netherlands - Race Results (2)
1Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati21 Laps
2Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+8.877s
3Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+11.580s
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+13.329s
5Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+14.490s
6Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+14.672s
7Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+23.374s
8Michael Van Der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+28.511s
9Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+29.067s
10Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+29.434s
11Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+36.810s
12Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+36.814s
13Leon HaslamGBRPedercini Kawasaki+37.000s
14Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+38.862s
15Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+41.674s
16Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing+51.525s
17Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+51.382s
18Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1 Lap
19Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKDNF
20Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBKDNF
21Kohta NozaneJPNGRT YamahaDNF
22Philipp OettlGERGoEleven DucatiDNF
23Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWDNF
24Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK TeamDNF

Starting from pole for race two, Rea had a disastrous lunch as he went back to fifth. Not for the first time this weekend it was Razgatlioglu who led into turn one from team-mate Andrea Locatelli. 

Bautista kept hold of P3 while Iker Lecuona made a good start as he went from fifth to fourth. 

There was a big off for GRT Yamaha rider Kohta Nozane as the Japanese rider crashed at turn one. 

Another accident took place on lap two as Philipp Oettl and Loris Baz crashed after tangling at turn eight. 

A double overtake took place at the beginning of lap three as Bautista took P2 off Locatelli, as did Rea on Lecuona for fourth. 

An immediate challenge for the lead then took place at the final chicane as Bautista tried to get through on Razgatlioglu under braking. The Ducati rider got a poor exit which allowed the world champion to get back ahead. 

Instead of getting the lead, Bautista was then relegated to third by Rea who was next to try his luck at Razgatlioglu. 

Rea and Razgatlioglu fail to finish after World Superbike race two clash

Eager to make it three wins from three, Rea began challenging Razgatlioglu along the start-finish straight. But in typical fashion Razgatlioglu held firm under braking before running slightly wide. 

This gave Rea a huge chance to take the lead, and as he attempted to do so, the two made contact and went down. Although Rea appeared to have the racing line, Razgatlioglu was still on-track which inevitably led to two riders wanting one piece of tarmac.

This gave Bautista the lead and a massive opportunity to take his first win of the weekend. 

And the Spaniard did just that as he pulled away from Lecuona and Locatelli with ease.

With Bautista out front by over six seconds and taking back the championship lead from Rea, the battle for second intensified as four tenths separated Lecuona and Locatelli. 

Locatelli made his way up to second with four laps to go as Lecuona was unable to respond, therefore settling the top three. 

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 

Jonathan Rea makes history after winning 100 World Superbike races with the same manufacturer 

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. 

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.