All lights are green
After enduring the domination of Tom Sykes in Donington, Jonathan Rea set things right again in Italy by winning ahead of his teammate both of the races held at Misano. Kenan Sofuoglu completed the Kawasaki triumph by winning in Supersport.
After being deprived of victory in England, the reigning world champion had promised to put the record straight in Italy. Jonathan Rea kept his word. The Kawasaki rider won the two races held at Misano. If he won on Saturday a breath ahead of Sykes, he clearly dominated his teammate the next day by a judicious choice of tyres.
“It was cooler on Sunday and I opted for a softer compound,”
“We also modified the bike settings accordingly and everything went well for us. I’m really happy to win here because I love this circuit and I also won my first Superbike race in Misano. Having a twin-win is great. There’s only one race before the summer break, it’s important to consolidate our overall lead.” Finishing twice in second place, Tom Sykes had to make the best of a bad job. “I’m obviously disappointed to lose ground in the overall standings,”
said the Kawasaki rider.
“Nevertheless, finish second twice after winning the pole, is not too bad a result. There are still five races to go, the title is not over yet.”
In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu also used his choice of rear tyre to take the lead two laps before the finish. Troubled by a shoulder that is to be operated on in the coming days, Randy Krummenacher had to settle for fifth place.
With his bag full of points, Jonathan Rea has again increased his lead in the Championship. There are now sixty-six points between the two Kawasaki riders. Tom Sykes has a thirty-three point lead over Chaz Davies, who fell in the second race. With only five races left to go, the two Brits continue to lead the Championship. In the Supersport category, Kenan Sofuoglu also consolidated his leadership. The Turkish rider now has a forty-point lead over Randy Krummenacher who retains second place overall despite the difficulties encountered in Italy.
Although his teammate still laid down the law on the Misano circuit, Tom Sykes wrote a new page of history in Italy. For his 200th start in WSBK, the former world champion made it twice to the podium, but on the shores of the Adriatic also and especially scored his 36th pole position, the fifth in a row on the transalpine circuit. Sykes has thus become the first rider to string together five consecutive pole positions on the same circuit! Always at the forefront since his debut in the world championship in 2008, in Misano the Kawasaki rider also started from the first line for the 53rd time in his career. Only three riders have done better in the history of the discipline: Troy Corser (99), Carl Fogarty (60) and Troy Bayliss (55).