Superbike World Championship, Germany (Lausitzring), September 2016

Rea falls and wins

After a fall on Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Rea set things right again by winning the next day on a drenched track. In so doing, the reigning world champion has gained a little breathing space in the lead of the provisional standings.

REA Jonathan (GBR) Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike  WSBK Lausitzring 2016 (Circuit Lausitzring)  16-18.09.2016  PSP / Mateusz Jagielski

The Races

After a long summer break, the World Superbike riders found themselves back in the heat of the competition on the Lausitzring circuit last weekend. Jonathan Rea scored a win after a Did Not Finish.

I fell shortly after the start because of a false neutral,” said the Brit. “Fortunately, I redeemed myself the next day by winning in the rain.

Jonathan Rea

Tom Sykes did the opposite. After a well-earned second place on Saturday afternoon in the wake of a new Superpole, the Kawasaki rider was tricked by the German rain. He still managed to get back on and finish twelfth. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu won his fifth event of the season, the thirty-seventh of his career in Supersport. Krummenacher finished in sixth position.

The Championship

In Superbike as Supersport, the Kawasaki riders are continuing their relentless domination. By winning the second race of the weekend in Germany, Jonathan Rea has raised his overall lead in the standings to forty-seven points. He now has 393 points on the board. Second, Tom Sykes follows with 346 points. In Supersport, fifty-three points now separate Sofuoglu and Krummenacher in the first two places of the provisional standings. Finishing third, the American Jacobsen is now nine points behind the Swiss rider.

The Background

Although usually measured in his reactions, Jonathan Rea didn’t hesitate to describe his victory at the finish of the second race held on the Lausitzring as the best race of his life.

This is exactly the most important victory of my career ; After two DNFs at Laguna Seca and then in yesterday’s first race, I had my back to the wall. I had no choice, I had to win to take the lead and give me some breathing space in the overall classification. We found some solutions and improved the bike during the warm-up this morning. Unfortunately, the rain changed everything and I wasn’t sure of anything. The team had to completely change the bike’s settings to suit the conditions and they did a great job. Without them, I couldn’t have won.

Jonathan Rea

Nor could he have raised his overall lead over his teammate to forty-seven points.

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