2019 Live Stream: Race one at Assen postponed because of snow showers
Saturday’s scheduled World Superbikes 2019 race at Assen in the Netherlands has been postponed until Sunday because of heavy snow showers at the circuit.
The opening race of the weekend had been scheduled for 13:00 BST but the weather made track conditions unsafe.
Spaniard Alvaro Bautista secured pole position in Saturday’s Superpole session, with world champion Jonathan Rea on the fourth row in eighth spot.
Bautista leads the championship by 39 points from Rea after three rounds.
Organisers have issued a revised timetable for Sunday which indicates that World Superbikes 2019 the delayed race one will now be staged at 10:00 BST, with feature race two taking place as scheduled at 13:00.
The shorter 10-lap Superpole sprint race scheduled for Sunday has now been cancelled.
Kawasaki rider Rea had come out on top in two of the free practice sessions at Assen but ended up well down the grid in Superpole qualifying after the session was cut short by a red flag following two crashes.
After a short delay race officials indicated that the race would start shortly before 13:30 BST but just as the riders were about to set out on their sighting lap heavy snow descended on the circuit.
Series newcomer Bautista has won all nine races of the season so far on his Aruba Ducati, thanks to treble successes at Phillip Island, Buriram and Aragon.
Four-time world champion Rea has finished second behind the former MotoGP competitor on each occasion.
The Northern Irishman has 12 career World Superbike victories over the Dutch Assen circuit, including doubles in 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017.