Rea claims Superbike victory in Assen

Published Sunday, 27 April 2014
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Ballyclare rider Jonathan Rea overcame wet conditions to register his first victory of the season in the World Superbikes third round at Assen in the Netherlands.

Rea claims Superbike victory in Assen
Rea is fourth in the drivers' standings. (© Getty)

The Honda rider finished 2.222 seconds ahead of fellow competitor Alex Lowes on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki to claim his 12th career win in race two while Ducati's Davide Giugliano came third.

The first attempt to start the race had to be abandoned after just three laps due to heavy rain. The race was delayed two hours and subsequently shortened to 10 laps.

Once under way, the tricky conditions seemed to suit Rea, who made the best of the slippery track to pull away from the field after a chaotic start which saw race one winner Sylvain Guintoli and Toni Elias both fall.

Guintoli was able to re-enter the race and secure a ninth-place finish but it was Rea who was in command throughout.

Lowes made a late surge to close in on the leader on the final lap but his speed outlasted his control round a turn and Rea was able to close out the win with ease.

The win leaves Rea fourth in the drivers' standings, 19 points behind leader Tom Sykes.

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