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Disappointment for Jonathan Rea in Assen as Bautista claims victory

Jonathan Rea came up short in Assen
Jonathan Rea came up short in Assen

It was disappointment for Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea after he came up short in round four of the World Superbike Championship in Assen.

Spaniard Alvaro Bautista claimed victory in both races on the day, making in 11 wins and as many competitions, with Rea finishing in second and third.

The first race was a comfortable win for Bautista, despite a strong finish from the four-time world champion.

Following a phenomenal start to the second, however, it looked as though Rea was going to turn things around.

He held off the Ducati rider for six laps before Bautista was able to retake the lead.

Another second place finish wasn't to be, when Rea almost collided with Michael van der Mark before being pipped at the line by the Dutchman.

Alvaro Bautista now has a massive 53 point led in WSB Riders' Championship.

Rea said he was happy with the effort, but in the end the performance gap was "just too much".

"The start was a joke, it was that good I thought 'surely i haven't jumped the start'," he told Eurosport.

"I got to the front and tried to back everything up just to get everyone involved, he (Bautista) just seemed to stick to me like glue and then blitzed me down the back section.

"I was throwing everything at it. I'm happy with our efforts but unfortunately again were too far from the front.

"The performance gap is just too much, I can't do anything right now but we have to put pressure on Kawasaki to improve our package."

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