Six-time world champion Jonathan Rea ends day-one of the Dutch WorldSBK fastest for Kawasaki. 

WorldSBK Assen, Netherlands - Free Practice Results (2)
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team1:34.391s
2Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha+0.121s
3Alvaro BautistaSPATeam HRC+0.350s
4Tom SykesGBRMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.362s
5Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha+0.364s
6Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti+0.380s
7Scott ReddingGBRAruba.It Ducati+0.526s
8Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Ducati+0.567s
9Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team+0.568s
10Michael Van Der MarkNEDMotorrad BMW WorldSBK Team+0.583s
11Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC+0.585s
12Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha+0.690s
13Jonas FolgerGERBenovo BMW+0.952s
14Chaz DaviesGBRGoEleven Ducati+1.112s
15Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.137s
16Tito RabatSPABarni Ducati+1.208s
17Isaac VinalesSPAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+1.554s
18Leandro MercardoARGMIE Honda Racing+2.006s
19Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+2.014s
20Andrea MantovaniITAVince64 Racing kawasaki+2.819s
21Loris CressonBELPedercini Kawasaki+4.195s

Rea found early improvements on his best time from FP1 as he led the way from Tom Sykes. Scott Redding then went second before Sykes responded by going fastest. However, it was a short-lived spell at the top for the BMW rider as Rea went fastest on his very next lap. 

Garrett Gerloff had a very strong opening day at Assen following the news of his one-year extension with Yamaha on Thursday. The American finished second overall after exchanging top spot on several occasions with Rea late on.

Alvaro Bautista enjoyed a much better start to the weekend compared to recent rounds, as a late time attack run saw him finish third quickest.

Lucas Mahias had an early fall at turn ten whilst following fellow Kawasaki rider Rea. The Frenchman recovered to take an impressive sixth place.

Free Practice One

Scott Redding finished WorldSBK FP1 at Assen fastest in what was an impressive opening session for Ducati. 

The top three in the championship - Toprak Razgatlioglu, Rea and Redding, locked out the front three positions with Davies fourth for much of FP1, however, it was Redding who looked strongest. 

The Ducati man was the only rider able to break the 1m 34s barrier during the opening two stints. 

With 12 minutes remaining, Davies was next to break into the 1m 34s barrier as he went second behind Redding. 

Rinaldi then made it a 1-2-3 for the Italian manufacturer, before Rea managed to grab second place +0.078s down on Redding. 

Leandro Mercado finally made his return to action with MIE Racing Honda after being absent since the opening round in Aragon. Chassis and Electronic upgrades were needed in order for the Argentine to return to racing. 

After missing round four due to injury, GRT Yamaha rider Kohta Nozane was back in action during FP1. 

Wildcard rider Andrea Mantovani made his WorldSBK debut with Vince64 Racing aboard a Kawasaki ZX10-RR. 

Jonathan Rea holds the most wins at Assen of all current riders (7), while Alvaro Bautista is the last rider to win in WorldSBK at the Dutch circuit (2019).