Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista cruised to the Race 2 WorldSBK win at Assen this afternoon as title rivals Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu crashed out.
Leader Razgatlioglu ran wide through Turn 1, whilst remaining on track, with Rea making a move for the lead however the two collided on the exit of Turn 1. The incident forced both riders out of the race with the crash investigated by the FIM WorldSBK Stewards with no further action taken.
The crash allowed Iker Lecuona (Team HRC) to move into the lead of the race ahead of Bautista, although the Ducati rider soon made his move on the rookie to snatch the lead of the race.
From there, Bautista was able to pull away at the front of the field to win by nine seconds ahead of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha) after the Italian passed Lecuona on lap 18.
“Just a little bit frustrated. Going into T1, he completely outbraked himself and almost stopped the bike on the kerb on the outside to avoid going off track. At that point, his corner was so slow. I kept my normal line and carried on with my race if you like. You expect, especially when you know someone’s right beside you, that they’re going to be there, and he cut straight back. I understand it’s a racing accident. I was there, I was in front with track position, and I felt like myself and Toprak were also robbed of a good race.”
“I tried to brake hard at the first corner and I ran a little bit wide, but I didn’t go outside the track. I’m turning also onto the racing line. I touched the kerb but I stayed on the racing line, I didn’t come back inside. I saw Jonny and he was very fast. After, we crashed. I think for me this is a racing incident. I think Jonny needs to look at me. I go a little bit wide, I stay on the track, but he’s not looking. He’s just opened the gas and we crashed together. I am surprised to crash with Jonny, normally he doesn’t make this mistake because he’s a WorldSBK legend.”