Rea: "There’s still eight races left, we have to be clever"

Monday, 9 July 2018 09:14 GMT

The Kawasaki rider increases his lead in the standings to 92 points over Davies

After taking a third win on the trot for the first time this year, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) continued his incredible form with another impeccable triumph in Race Two at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, increasing his gap at the helm of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship to 92 points.

Unlike in Race One, where his win was from lights to flag, on Sunday Rea scored perhaps his toughest victory of the season. The Northern Irish rider had to run through several riders also in top form at the Riviera di Rimini Round, all of them unafraid to bite back against the defending champions attacks. Particularly impressive were Rea’s bouts with Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) and Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati), with both Ducati machines taking the Kawasaki to its absolute limits and more.

Rea passed Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) with less than three laps left, securing his second consecutive double. “I couldn’t have imagined that coming here, especially after the last results we’ve had”, he says. “We just did a really good weekend right from Friday morning and worked together with the team, even in the hot conditions the bike felt really good”.

When WorldSBK returns from the summer break, there will be eight races remaining to see if the Northern Irish rider can grab his fourth crown: “To go into the summer break with that advantage is really nice. It makes the end of the year something we can manage a little bit. I just want to stay injury-free and healthy through those last races. We’re one step closer to the target, race by race, but there’s still eight races left and anything can happen so we have to be clever”.

Rea also had kind words for the family of motorcycle racer William Dunlop, who passed away this weekend and to whom Rea dedicated his win: “I really wanted to win that race for William Dunlop and his family. I’m still thinking of them. I can’t imagine what they’re going through, so I hope that gives them some power”.

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