Jonathan Rea has joked his wife wouldn't have spoken to him for 'a day or two' if he had gone ahead and wrapped up the 2015 World Superbike Championship at Sepang after he came remarkably close to doing so in her absence.

The Ulsterman was mathematically able to wrap up the title ahead of the summer break, but faced a task to do so having qualified down in seventh on the grid.

However, superb starts in both races would see the Kawasaki rider up inside the top three early on, Rea playing himself into contention in race one when Tom Sykes faded with tyre troubles and leading to an enthralling last lap battle with Chaz Davies. Despite out-braking himself on the final corner, Rea's faster cut back would see him get ahead on the sprint to the line for his 12th win of the year.

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Race two, meanwhile, saw Rea come from a long way back on the final lap to challenge Davies into the final corner, but despite some contact, it was the Ducati rider that would ultimately come out on top.

"I'm really happy after a good weekend and happy to go into the summer break healthy and looking forward to Jerez. With three laps to go in race two Arturo my mechanic gave me a bit of a secret signal and I knew if I went then I could catch Chaz.

"Halfway around the last lap I realised it would be possible. I passed Chaz and went through clean. We had contact but I do not blame him for that - I would do the same - but I almost crashed at the same time.

As a result, Rea will have to wait for the long summer break to finish before he can wrap up the title having moved into a position where he needed just six points - or a tenth place finish - from any one of the final six races to wrap up the title. That said, he jokes that it is probably just as well he didn't win the title in Malaysia...

"I am really happy because we got another first and second on a race weekend and a bagful of points. If I had won the championship here maybe my wife would not have spoken to me for a day or two because she is at home! I just wanted to have a really good weekend and we did that."