YAMAHA’S FIRST ASSEN WIN: Haga vs Bayliss in ‘old Assen’ classic – Race 2, 2000

The 2024 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship heads for Assen in the Netherlands for the third round of the season and it’s a track that has signed itself as a true classic on our calendar. With Yamaha looking to rebound this weekend with Jonathan Rea (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) and teammate Andrea Locatelli, we take a trip down memory lane to rekindle the epic first-ever win that Yamaha achieved at Assen.

One of just two wins, Noriyuki Haga took on Ducati’s Troy Bayliss in a classic head-to-head, passing and re-passing numerous times throughout the race. Suzuki’s Pierfrancesco Chili was also in the battle until he suffered a big crash on the exit of the chicane, leaving it to the two hard-chargers of ‘Nitro Nori’ and ‘Baylisstic’ out front. Find out how the race finished with the full race at the top!

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Source: WorldSBK.com

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