Jonathan Rea continued his strong run of recent form at the Nurburgring as he notched up podiums five and six in a row to all-but-guarantee himself a top three finish in the overall standings.

Rea has finished no lower than second since Brno, the Northern Irishman maintaining that record in Germany as he swept to a commanding victory in the first race before finishing behind Noriyuki Haga in the second.

A strong turn around for him after a difficult start to the weekend, Rea was more than happy to accept a one-two result, adding that it was probably the best he could have hoped for.

"We were really behind the 8-ball on Friday but did a lot of work that night and came back yesterday with a bike we could challenge with," the Ten Kate Honda rider said. "We managed to turn that into a win in the first race today by making a break at the front and controlling the race, so all credit has to go to the crew for turning things around.

"Nori was really fast in the second race so I'm really happy with a one-two and really think that was probably the maximum points I could get today. It was a lap of two halves really and I while I was weak in the first two splits the last two were really strong.

"Although I could gain a little bit there, I'd just got dropped a little bit at the start and I lost my rhythm a bit when Checa went down. But I'm really happy - I'm enjoying riding the bike and it's fun to turn up to a racetrack and just ride the CBR. If you'd offered me a one-two on Friday I would have snapped your hand off."

Coupled to Carlos Checa's retirement in the second race, Rea is now well clear of the Spaniard in the fight for third overall.


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment