Kawasaki Racing Team’sJonathan Rea swept the SuperPole, Race 1 and Race 2 races at the Assen TT, the 5th rpund of the FIM World Superbike Championships. He was also fastest in Qualifying taking Pole position for Race 1.
It was the 107th of his career, was his 15th at Assen – a new record for the number of race victories from a single rider at any individual circuit. This was also his 92th race win for Kawasaki since he joined KRT in 2015.
Meanwhile, team mate Alex Lowes started from Row 2 in Race 1 was feeling good in the leading group in the first two laps until his slow speed fall, without injury, as he was holding fifth position. With a damaged handlebar he was unable to restart the race. On Sunday’s SuperPole he finished P6 and ended P7 in Race 2.
Jonathan Rea: “It was nice to make it three-from-three here at Assen. We achieved it after we changed the rear tyre choice from yesterday. With the overnight rain the track’s grip level was a little bit lower and the temperature was maybe three or four degrees lower. We figured that would be the crossover point to run the SC0. It was nice to win with the soft tyre choice yesterday and the standard race tyre option today. It is a massive testament to the guys in the pitbox and what they have done. We made quite a big chassis change in the set-up this weekend and it was easier to ride. You could see in my passes, I could put the bike where I wanted and it was very nimble, yet stable in the fast sections as well. I went over to see the flooding on the track first thing this morning, considering how much rain there was last night – and there was a lake on the inside of turn five! So massive respect to the track and everybody at Assen because they had lots of machines there, two fire trucks, three tankers and I think we were only delayed 45 minutes this morning. They did an incredible job.”
Alex Lowes : “It was not an easy day or an easy weekend for us. I have had some physical restrictions which have been tough and this track is quite tough anyway, with lots of changes of direction. My tyre in Race Two was in better condition than Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s but the trouble was passing him. I did make a move on him and ran out wide, which allowed Michael van der Mark to pass, but in those last five or six laps I was getting held up a little bit. I could have maybe gone a bit quicker but I still enjoyed the battle through the second race. I was quite happy with sixth and seventh, as I was struggling quite a lot. That is a shame, but my target is to go out and rest and come back 100% for the next race at a new track in the Czech Republic. Sixth and seventh are not where I want to be finishing but all things considered, it was a better day than Saturday! This was the most we could do this weekend.”
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