Rea: Racing Science, Riding Art
After California, it was Italy that saw Jonathan Rea shine brightly. As at Laguna Seca, the Kawasaki rider won the two races of the weekend in Misano. With class and authority.
Superlatives start to fail when it comes to telling of Jonathan Rea’s exploits. In Misano, the Brit still showed off the science of racing and the art of riding by winning on Saturday and Sunday. Rea won the first race after completing all the laps in the lead after a great start from second place on the grid. The Kawasaki rider went looking for his second victory racing all out. “If the first race was more or less easy, the second was much more complicated,” he said. “Starting from the third line, you really have to be aggressive in the first laps and overtake without asking any questions. But once again the qualities of my bike allowed me to do my best, and I must admit that the new, wider Pirelli tires suit me down to the ground.” After overtaking Davies and Sykes, Rea got rid of Melandri and van der Mark to chalk up the sixty-fourth victory of his career. Starting from pole position, Tom Sykes had to settle for fifth place on Saturday afternoon. “I had the same worries as in Thailand with a dribble on the front wheel entering the corners,” regretted the former world champion. “We found the solutions the next day by changing the fork but I still lacked grip on the maximum angle to do better than a new fifth place.” Toprak Razgatlioglu finished eleventh and twelfth, while in Supersport Okubo had his best result of the season with ninth place. Sheridan Morais did not finish.
On the eve of the summer break, Jonathan Rea has further consolidated his leading position. He now has three hundred and seventy points, ninety-two more than Chaz Davies, his current runner-up. Thanks to his twin top five, Tom Sykes has consolidated his fourth place. In the manufacturers’ standings, Kawasaki leads with fifty-nine points.
With the two new wins he has just chalked up at Misano, Jonathan Rea has not only increased his overall lead in the World Superbike Championship. Thanks to his new twin-win, the third of the season, the Kawasaki rider, who has won more than half of the races in which he competed this year, is doing as much good for his statistics as those of the Akashi factory. He now has a record of sixty-four victories and one hundred and twenty-seven podiums. And for Kawasaki, whose number of successes now stands at one hundred and twenty, it means the Japanese make has now taken second place behind Ducati in the standings of the most successful manufacturers in the history of the Superbike World Championship.