Superbike lands in Assen. Over the years, Van Drenthe has been defined as the cathedral, the motorcycle university and in many other ways, all aimed at emphasizing the particularity and selectivity of the Dutch track. A track where more than one rider is strong – Redding himself has done great races in both Moto2 and MotoGP – but on which Jonathan Rea is virtually unbeatable – with the 2021 edition, in which he brought the count of his victories to 15, he becomes the rider with the highest number of affirmations in Assen, overtaking and distancing even that King Carl Fogarty with whom he shared the primacy. AND to tell you the best of the Dutch SBK weekend, together with Carlo Baldi and Edoardo Licciardello, tonight at 6 pm there will also be Nico Cereghini!
Rea’s supremacy has never appeared too much in question: when he did not immediately impose his pace, he still won with that clarity and tranquility that this year we had not yet seen him. The feeling is that after Donington’s defeat, Jonathan managed to rearrange his ideas in the long break between the two races. A strong response was needed after the British debacle and Rea was quick to send it.
However, in Johnny’s recovery it must be considered the infamous conduct of Gerloff, who once again got caught up in the heat knocking out the foreman Razgatlioglu at the first corner. Without that incident we would probably be talking about a Toprak capable of resisting bringing home the best possible result even if, as always, against Rea you cannot always play a throw-in.
The satisfactions in Yamaha instead come from Locatelli, which for the first time this year really convinces, and as happened last year with Gerloff in Barcelona, the Assen race for the Italian could be that “breakout” performance, which convinces him that he can aim higher .
Ducati instead goes to alternating current; for Scott Redding is the same as for Razgatlioglu. Rinaldi is growing and he needs time to consolidate his performances – and the same discourse, given the due proportions, can also be done for Axel Bassani. Chaz Davies on the other hand, it seems to be heading for a decline without appeal. It is difficult to comment on the performances of Tito Rabat, now in a tunnel from which there is no way out.
For Honda and BMW, the impression is that we are talking about bikes and teams not yet at the level of the best, whose performance only improves when one of their riders is on a day of grace. This time for Honda, Bautista shines, in BMW seems to be doing well Van Der Mark which then, despite the home track, sinks on Sunday.
And then the Supersport, with a Aegerter we launched; Odendaal resists but a race like the one on Sunday is enough to let the Swiss who is proving to be the steamroller seen in the pre-season tests escape. Bernardi is the protagonist of a not brilliant race, while excellent Kevin Manfredi.
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