Assen Round 2nd Place
The second 21-lap Assen race provided a second this time out for Tom, as he continues to find success on the new model Ninja ZX-10R.
The Sunday race was started in wet conditions but rapidly dried out, meaning all the riders pitted to change tyres at some stage.
At the start of the race, in fully wet track conditions, Tom took the lead from his pole position grid placing. The changing weather and drying track surface saw him drop back and soon pit to change tyres but in the heat of the tyre change process he went out on intermediate tyres, not the front intermediate/rear slick he intended to use.
When Rea, who was one of six riders to lead the race at some stage as the competitors entered and left the pits at will, stopped for dry weather tyres he returned to the fray at strong pace, after finding the grip level for a lap. He and his team-mate Tom, who had pitted for new rubber first, finally competed for the race win in the final laps.
Toms’ intermediate rear tyre had an effect on the outcome of his race but in finishing second, after a day one crash and no score, the 2013 world champion recovered in great style and scored 20 highly valuable championship points.
In the overall championship Tom is third overall, now 32 points ahead of the fourth place rider. Kawasaki leads the Manufacturers’ Standings by 44 points with the new model Ninja ZX-10R.
“At the start of the race I just wasn’t able to get the lean angle and the power down using the wet tyres, because of the mixed conditions, so I came into pitlane early. I went for the intermediate front and we managed that front tyre well. With the mistake made for the intermediate rear, that cost us. Even considering this, our pace was very strong and second position is not too bad. Yesterday we were in the gravel and today finishing in second place is a good result. We have had strong pace all weekend, in the wet and the dry, and in warm-up we found a good rhythm this morning. It has just been one of those weekends where the results do not fit what we deserve – but that is racing. Now we can focus on the next round and build on the bike set-up that we have been working on..”