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Double for Rea as van der Mark bags another podium – Sofuoglu takes WSS win

Assen WSB Race2

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) again led in the early laps before fading to fifth ahead of Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who fought hard to recover from another average start to finish sixth.

Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) finished one place higher than he managed in race 1, bringing his CBR1000RR SP home in seventh ahead of Xavi Fores (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team), while Alex Lowes had a much better race on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki finishing ninth. Tenth place went to Leon Camier, who brought his MV Agusta Reparto Corse machine home in another solid top-ten position.

Nico Terol (Althea Racing) crashed out of contention on lap 4 and, after being taken first to the Medical Centre and then to the hospital, he was diagnosed with a right wrist fracture. Randy de Puniet retired once again on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki.

WorldSBK Assen – Race 2
1 – Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team
2 – Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team +0.439
3 – Michael van der Mark Pata Honda World Superbike +2.831

Standings (4 of 13 rounds completed)
1 – Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team – 190
2 – Leon Haslam Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils – 140
3 – Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team – 123

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Sofuoglu wins Dutch WSS race after intense final lap fight

A last corner decider went in the favour of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kasawaki Puccetti Racing) as the Turkish rider claimed back to back wins in the World Supersport championship to extend his lead in this year’s series.

After the disappointment of Thailand and Aragon, Jules Cluzel (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) returned to the podium in second after narrowly missing out on the victory as both he and Sofuoglu touched coming through the final chicane. The incident was reviewed by Race Direction who decided no further action was necessary. Cluzel had the consolation of a new lap record as he secured twenty points to keep alive his championship chances.

The final podium place was decided after another dual, this time between Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team) and PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres).

Smith, who led the opening two laps after making a great start, eventually finishing third to claim his third podium finish of the year ahead of the American who once again showed that he is in contention for the championship.

Roberto Rolfo (Team Lorini) in his twenty-first year of racing achieved fifth coming home ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who was sixth.

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres) had a lonely race to seventh at the flag with Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing), Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK#25) and Riccardo Russo (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda) completing the top ten at the end of an exciting lap race.

Thai round winner Ratthapark Wilairot (CORE” Motorsport Thailand) suffered his second consecutive non-score, retiring on lap 5.

WSS Assen – Race
1 – Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing
2 – Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse +0.879
3 – Kyle Smith Pata Honda World Supersport +0.908

Standings (4 of 12 rounds completed)
1 – Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing – 80
2 – PJ Jacobsen Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki – 55
3 – Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse – 45