A contact on the sixth lap between Rea and Toprak opens the doors of the third victory to the Ducati rider who precedes Locatelli and the surprise Lecuona. Sixth Bassani and seventh Rinaldi
April 25, 2022
THEhe second round of the Superbike World Championship which took place in Assen, in the Cathedral of speed could have been a monologue by Jonathan Rea without the accident that left both the Northern Irishman and the World Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu speechless in race 2.
In the planned three-way fight for the title to return from Assen with the most points, and watching everyone from the top of his first position in the standings is Alvaro Bautista. The Spaniard is also the only one to hold up the Ducati banner, given that Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s weekend is undoubtedly to be forgotten, private individuals Philipp Oettl and Axel Bassani are discontinuous and Luca Bernardi is still immature. A speech that has also been valid for years for Kawasaki, clinging to the Cannibal without having alternatives, with Alex Lowes always too prone to error and private individuals struggling to enter the top ten.
BMW welcomes the return to the top of the rankings of the revived Scott Redding and recovers the injured Michael Van der Mark, but for now (when he does not fall) the best is Loris Baz of the private team Bonovo. Looking at how Iker Lecuona runs and his Assen results, it seems that Honda has finally guessed one, and that the Fireblade project has finally found someone to take the trouble to develop it.
The much feared Assen weather this time was quite benevolent, and also for this reason the immense stands of the TT Circuit (especially on Sundays) were filled with fans, despite their idol Van der Mark had little chance to repeat those results they have often exalted the Dutch fans.
Here are our votes to the protagonists of the Assen weekend
Alvaro Bautista: 8.5
C.as was to be expected errare humanum est, persevere autem diabolicum and consequently Alvaro has treasured the experience of 2019, ed now try to risk as little as possible. Or to be more precise, he does it only when his Panigale V4 allows it. Once it was ascertained that Jonathan had more in Assen, the Spaniard contented himself with staying close to him and making no mistakes. To make this tactic even more successful we thought Jonny and Toprak, who eliminated each other. As a result, Alvaro now has an 18-point lead over the Northern Irishman and 45 over the Turkish. We are only in the second round, but who starts well …
Jonathan Rea: 8.5
L‘impression is that without the accident that gave him a zero in the standings, Jonny would have scored a fantastic hat-trick, just like he did last year here in Assen. Gritty and precise, on Saturday and Sunday morning we saw Rea from his best moments.
Toprak Razgatlioglu: 7
C.or just as in Aragon the Turkish first frightened everyone in Superpole, shattering the track record, but then in the race he could not stand up to the distance comparison with Rea and Bautista. The disqualification of the Spaniard (too fiscal) helped him in the sprint race, while in gara2 his proverbial impetus and propensity for contact has cost him dearly this time. The championship started uphill for him.
Andrea Locatelli: 7.5
TOssen is undoubtedly one of his favorite tracks (here he won his first Superbike podium). Also this time Andrea had an excellent weekend in Holland, always in the high positions of the ranking. Fourth in Superpole and in the first two races, the rider from Bergamo made the most of the possibility offered to him by the race 2 incident, and only succumbed to an unreachable Bautista. Certainly it will not be easy to enter the fight with the three musketeers, but he (and perhaps Lecuona) is the only one who seems to be able to do it.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi: 5
R.ound to forget for the Italian from Ducati who crashed in both Superpole and Race 1 on Saturday. On Sunday he finds himself fighting with the private Bassani, he does not shine, and brings home only two placings and 11 points. He urges a good result.
Iker Lecuona: 8
And‘the revelation not only of Assen, but of this start of the championship. The Fireblade may have improved, but he’s the only one making it go strong. He is still measuring his CBR, but two fifths and a third place are very respectable results for a 22-year-old making his Superbike debut, on a grumpy bike that Bautista and Haslam reluctantly remember. Really good.
Loris Baz: 6.5
THEFrench is discontinuous, but perhaps it also depends on his bike which does not seem to be the best in terms of competitiveness. He takes home two sixth places, but then falls in race 2 and loses a good opportunity to get an even better result. For now in Munich they cling to him, waiting for the two officers.
Axel Bassani: 6.5
THEhis was a round in crescendo, which culminated in fifth place in race 2, later transformed into sixth by a penalty for having exceeded the limits of the track. This will be an important season for the Motocorsa team rider, who could confirm his potential or settle into the limbo of the mid-table positions. Is the real Bassani the one in race 1 (tenth) or race 2?
Michael Van der Mark: 7
LDutch still moves on crutches, but he did not hesitate to get into his BMW and to play all the tests and races of his home round. “If I hadn’t been sure I could ride my bike I would have stayed at home”. Yes, but it takes courage and skill to compete in three World Superbike races with one foot.
Scott Redding: 6
L‘English awakens from the nightmare experienced in Aragon and in Holland manages to enter the top ten permanently. He is exalted in Race 2 where for a few laps we saw the rider fighting for victory with Ducati. A fifth place that we hope will give him morale and help him understand his M1000RR.
Roberto Tamburini: 7
Lhis tale and that of Motoxracing also continued in Assen, where Roberto even did better than Aragon, accumulating seven points. Keep it up.