A record and a fall for Rea
Jonathan Rea had a hectic weekend on the Brno circuit. The reigning world champion began by setting a new record before finishing the second race of the weekend in the dust…
Victim of a clash with teammate Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea finished his Czech weekend worse than when he started. After setting a new record for Superbike victories, the Kawasaki rider did not make it to the checkered flag of the second race held in Brno. «These things happen», he commented dryly. «The overall result of the weekend is still satisfactory because in addition to the record I felt really good on the bike, and I’m not doing too badly in the championship.» After winner on Saturday afternoon, Rea confirmed his status as boss. Third in the first race, Tom Sykes fell unfortunately on Sunday afternoon. «I don’t quite understand why», grunted the Brit at the finish after being able to get back on his bike and be placed sixteenth, just short of the points. In Supersport, Okubo crossed the finish line in thirteenth position while Morais fell early in the race.
Despite his Did Not Finish, Jonathan Rea keeps a clear sixty-five point lead over of Chaz Davies in the overall standings. Tom Sykes stays in fourth place, even though Michael van der Mark is now seventeen points nearer. In Supersport, Sheridan Morais finished fifteenth despite his fall. Okubo has won a place and is now eighteenth.
Jonathan Rea has written a new page in the history of the Superbike World Championship. By clocking up the sixtieth victory of his career in the Czech Republic, the triple world champion has become the most successful rider in a discipline that he truly embodies today. And it was in Brno that Jonathan Rea managed the feat of passing the record held by legendary Carl Fogarty. And to say that six years ago the Brit had only ten victories in the Superbike World Championship. By joining the Kawasaki team, Rea has been able to move up a gear. «Everything has changed for me since I arrived at Kawasaki in 2015», says Jonathan. Fourteen wins that year, nine the next, sixteen in 2017 and six already this season. «Honestly, the number doesn’t mean much to me», said the Kawasaki driver at the finish of the Czech race. «But I’m happy to have reached the record on the circuit where I won my first race in Supersport.»