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WSBK Jerez Race 2: Rea takes victory as battle for overall second spills into final round

Yesterday I started off the Jerez race one report by mentioning that Jonathan Rea has set his sights on the all time points record.

Today he took one step closer to that, by clinching victory at the Spanish track ahead of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies.

In a repeat of race one, the race was red flagged on the first lap due to an incident at turn two between Davies and Eugene Laverty. It looked as if Laverty was forced into the right hand side of Davies’ Ducati after making contact with his team mate Lorenzo Savadori. Davies remounted but his Panigale was spitting gravel all over the track, causing the red flag.

Both riders managed to get back out on track for the restart, and Davies enjoyed much more success than the Irishman. While Laverty rode around at the back after starting from pitlane, Davies worked his way up to third by lap three and into a battle with the ever feisty Marco Melandri. Davies led the way between the two but once Melandri got in front he created a gap, leaving the Englishman trailing behind.

Davide Guigliano returned on the factory Honda, but once again it didn’t quite go to plan for the team. He was running around in seventeenth, doing his own version of the hokey cokey as he went into pitlane and came out again, only to be given a ride through penalty for speeding. He went back into the pits to complete his penalty and came back out again, but fortunately didn’t turn around – that’s what it’s all about.

Tom Sykes was riding like someone who didn’t care about second in the championship – but like they say I suppose, second is the first to lose. He rode around in fifth, not really looking to overtake anyone and only moving into the top five when Michael van der Mark ran wide. He and Davies now sit level on points going into the final round at Losail in two weeks time.

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Overall, not a fantastically thrilling race. It was another one of those that cried out for regulation changes to be made, which are supposedly being announced on Wednesday. But at least the lack of action allowed us to catch up on the sleep lost watching MotoGP in Australia.

World Superbike Race Two:

  1. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team – 32:09.319
  2. Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.732
  3. Chaz Davies, Aruba,it Racing Ducati +3.974
  4. Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +4.624
  5. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team +6.454
  6. Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team +10.120
  7. Xavi Fores, BARNI Racing Ducati +15.594
  8. Sylvain Guintoli, Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +15.902
  9. Leandro Mercado, IODARacing +16.396
  10. Jordi Torres, Althea Racing BMW +19.129
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