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Liam Marsden  says:

Assen WSB: Rea takes first win of 2012

Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea has taken his first race win of 2012 in drying conditions during the second superbike race at Assen. The drying conditions meant tyre choice would be critical, with Rea opting for hard slick tyres, which improved towards the end of the race enabling Rea to push through to the front. Effenbert Liberty Ducati rider Jakub Smrz...

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Feb 09

Posts: 305

bryfor59 says:

Exciting stuff

What an immense battle for third place, edge of the seat stuff!!!! brilliant win for Rea particularly considering he was racing with a bad finger injury and a great weekend for Guintoli

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Oct 05

Posts: 94

boro365 says:

Well done JR

Well pleased for JR but thinking of Brett McCormick similar to Joan Lascorz accident but not as bad an outcome IE: no bad spinal damage but i did watch on Eurosport and it was bad, chin guard hit floor quite hard I wondered why it wasn't red flagged

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Jul 08

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Video doesn't tell the whole story but Brett took 2 horrible hits to the head. Lucky his lid stayed on after the first one. I hope his injuries are not too serious and he makes a quick recovery. All the best wishes to Brett! ___ Checa is certainly one of the safest (nowadays) and nicest guys in the paddock and I am pretty sure he has not done anything sinister today. ___ Back to the thread....Great win by Rea now just show us you can win much more than Assen! Always been a huge Rea fan but whether it be that sticking with Honda has damaged his progress or that he really is a crash merchant I am still dismayed that Crutchlow made it to Moto GP before Rea??? I think he is in deep trouble career wise now, should of went to Moto 2 me thinks??? Too much class in WSBK and being on an older and seemingly less capable machine. No other Honda riders even show up in the points! Go Johnny Go .... somewhere else where you can realise your potential.

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Sep 11

Posts: 402

jollyboy says:


It doesn't matter whether he was a lap down or not, for him to be racing and passing slower riders is still legit. It's not a great video and doesn't show the whole pass, however while it was close and hard I don't think it was dangerous. Indeed had Checa made the same move on a more experienced rider I don't think things would have ended as they did. As for the tyre choice, it's always a gamble in conditions like this. Had it started raining after a few laps would you have said the same about the riders on slicks. Indeed Assen seems to make a habit of making for difficult tyre choices. Remember McWilliams in 2001? He and Rolfo started the warmup lap from pitlane so they could make a later tyre choice than the rest of the field. Just about everybody else went out on wets, betting on the rain starting again. While they were waiting things started to clear up so McWilliams changed to intermediates. It paid off, but it could still have started raining again in the following forty or so minutes and then where would he have been?

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Jul 08

Posts: 1539

jamieg999 says:


I've watched the video a few times and the move looks firm and retrospectively with hindsight, too firm for the conditions and not really taking Brett McCormick into account. I'd stop short of saying outright that Checa ran him off the track but he certainly appears to have forced McCormick to feel the need to take avoiding action when he didn't need to. Perhaps inexperience compounded this, who knows but Checa could have given him more room or passed further on given his comparative pace. 

I thought Johnny Rea would walk both races if I'm honest. He should get an award for his save in race 1 at least. It looks to me that he's doing ok on a bike that clearly isn't sorted. I don't doubt Ten Kate's abilities so it must be HRC that are holding the Fireblade back. It's strange that the road bike couldn't be more usable and effortly fast yet the Superbike is an unruly tyre hating beast. Baffled by Aoyama, I see the reasons ie tyres, weight, different electronics etc etc but he should be quicker.

BMW are about there after a long time trying. I suspect the S1000RR is about to become the bike to beat. Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam could be quite a formidable team if Motorrad have finally found the formula. I think BMW might be game changers if they get successful and dominant in WSB, the road bike certainly is.

The 1198 still has miles left in her although I suspect they'll have a job hanging onto much at Monza shortly, unless it rains. Did anyone else notice the Panigales starting to gang up in Superstock? WSB will always be the yin to MotoGP's yang for Ducati methinks. Chuffed for Sylvain Guintoli and hopefully there's more to come despite the fact he's French ;)

A bit gutted for Tom Sykes but there were many more positives to take from the weekend I reckon. The bike is the ZXR750 incarnate and about bloody time. I was surprised the engine went pop as it's a very un-Kawasaki thing to do. Tom is fast and the rest will come.

Aprilia, my boy Laverty is starting to show why I have faith in him  whilst me other boy Davies is still waiting for his luck to turn, which it will. Was Max just having one of his off meetings where he can't be arsed? He was probably wondering what 215mph+ is going to feel like at Monza.



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Oct 09

Posts: 198

ThePornstar says:

Oooh the Drama..!

Ducati contiving to bend the rules to their own advantage? Surely not, next thing you're gonna tell me is they didn't enter the Panigale in WSB this year, so they can wheel it out in MotoGP next year as a CRT bike.

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Sep 09

Posts: 312

Ben52 says:

Great racing

I think Badovini is one to watch out for and how unlucky can Tom Sykes get

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Jun 11

Posts: 554

ratchetman says:


Congratulations to Jonathan Rae for a really world class ride. I think it  might  of  been bultiboy who said the caliber of MOTOGP riders is far supeirior to WSB riders. I wander if he watched the WSB racing from Assen and by the way didnt Jonathans rea,s team mate Aiama ride MOTOGP and wasnt he a 250 world champion. And didnt melandri have a succesful MOTOGP carreer, Oh and their is a certain rider called Max Biagi. I see they didnt win any races on Sunday. I personaly think that both MOTGP and WSB have really amazing riders but because WSB have rules that make the bikes more equal  the riders in WSB Know that if they can ride hard enough and race hard enough that most of them are in with a chance of a podium and possibly a win. In MOTGP this just doesnt happen So while i watch and enjoy MOTOGP the real racing is WSB and BSB     

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Jul 08

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jamieg999 says:

Panigale is a banker

Mysterious things are afoot at Ducati. I think extending the life of the 1198 is a wise move despite being different to the norm. Given the MotoGP debacle the Panigale must continue the tradition set back in the late 80/early 90's depending on how nostalgic you are. Like I said, yin and yang both coming out of the same factory.

The Panigale stands a better chance if come seasons end the 1198 is the tired old girl she promises to be if Ducati are wise.  Let the 4's make their mark and then bish, bash, bosh enter the full Corse Panigale, timed well with Italian rule evasion and some teutonic streamlining and organisation, it should catch a few out. Notably BMW I expect, which will be convenient for VAG in the uber menschen stakes.

Hopefully Honda will turn up too and take it equally as seriously. A full HRC Fireblade fettled by Ten Kate with a young spunker on would be a serious weapon.


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Jul 08

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jamieg999 says:


Rule dodging is their first thought. Always has been.

I'd argue that they haven't really closed down the WSB effort, whilst the "factory team " aren't there per se the factory are there in the teams. Just like Aprilia in MotoGP. If someone had decided that they had to have a Panigale racing at all costs in WSB it would've happened, despite Ducati slowing things by not homologating the bike until after the season had started. They've homologated it for Superstock because they still need the input but decided X number of stockers is cheaper than a full factory team. 

I think some of the delay in releasing it to race full-on is rule evasion too. I think you're right when you say they are forward thinking and not wanting 3kgs extra if it can be avoided but they didn't pass this thinking onto Effenberg which seems a bit dumb. The bike really doesn't need to be dominant like it did last year if the Panigale has a hope of dominating before a rule change, it certainly doesn't want to enter as a consequence of a negative rule change for Ducati. Which an all conquering 1198 would bring.

Maybe they can't afford to run it full Corse too but I also suspect Ducati are not as dumb as some would have you believe.

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