ASSEN, Netherlands – An incredible first race, eventually run over nine fully wet laps, was won by Sylvain Guintoli from Team Effenbert – Liberty Ducati. This was his first ever victory in this category of racing. His margin of advantage was 2.6 seconds, from a very determined rookie rider Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) and his team-mate Carlos Checa.
Their fight for the podium places was just one of many highlights in the wet race, after the first attempted contest had started out dry, but was halted when several leading riders fell as the rains came down. By regulation a whole new race was declared and the only influence the first leg finishing order had was to determine grid places for the ‘real’ second race.
In fourth place in an all Aprilia racing battle, Max Biaggi beat Eugene Laverty. Early leader Leon Haslam fell and no-scored.
Pos. Rider Team Bike
1 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R
2 Davide Giugliano Althea Racing Ducati 1098R
3 Carlos Checa Althea Racing Ducati 1098R
4 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 1000 F
5 Eugene Laverty Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 1000 F
6 Michel Fabrizio BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team BMW S1000 RR
7 Jakub Smrz Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R
8 Niccolo Canepa Team Ducati Roma Ducati 1098R
9 Marco Melandri BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR
10 Leandro Mercado Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R
11 Maxime Berger Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R
12 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR
13 David Salom Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R