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WSBK Chang, Thailand: Rea gives full credit to Sykes

Jonathan Rea pays credit to Tom Sykes in their enthralling race two battle and despite losing his perfect record he extends his points lead.
Jonathan Rea has paid credit to his Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes in their enthralling race two battle and despite losing his perfect start to the defence of his World Superbike title he leaves Thailand having extended his championship points lead.

The Kawasaki rider dominated to race one victory at the Chang International Circuit but lost out to Sykes in Sunday's second race after the pair traded passes over a frantic finale. Rea says he has no qualms being beaten for the first time this year and was happy to secure Kawasaki a second straight one-two finish.

“We made a small improvement in the bike set-up and from ten laps to go I feel I had a much higher pace than Tom,” Rea said. “I really wanted to win and I tried two or three times but to win a race against Tom when he is strong, and defending very well, you have to go really deep.

“Massive credit to him; he did a good job today and beat us flat out. It is good for Kawasaki to have a one-two although I would prefer to be the guy in front. Fair play to Tom because I was over my head to win the race yesterday but today I tried my best and got beat. I am sure it was a nice show to watch.”

Having collected 95 points from a maximum of 100 over the opening two rounds, Rea has extended his lead in the WSBK riders' championship to 29 points after Sykes leapfrogged Honda's Michael van der Mark into second place.

“We increased our championship lead from Phillip Island and it has been a good day, but I just wanted to win the race. To get beaten is really great for my motivation.”



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Cushdrive

March 14, 2016 8:15 PM

(Was trying to post this on the other thread but crash seems ot break completely after 37 comments) - Yes!! WSB is brilliant again. I was getting a bit worried after the 3rd race that WSB was turning into the Mick Doohan MotoGP years. (Much as I love JR). I totally understand JR being massively annoyed. I totally understand Sykes doing everything in his power to win the 2nd race (at last). I don't understand people on here complaining about it.

HRC

March 14, 2016 1:39 PM

He is giving credit, and credit to him for doing so! His body language is simply the result of having just been beaten by a faster man and worse still team mate. This could be an epic inter team battle this year, and those Hondas could be in there too!



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