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WBSK Misano, San Marino: Rea: I wanted to win for so many reasons

'I love racing here; it is where I had my first career World Superbike race win' - Jonathan Rea.
Jonathan Rea achieved his aim of winning both races at Misano on a special weekend for the Northern Ireland rider, who clinched his maiden World Superbike success in San Marino in 2009.

The Kawasaki rider was a narrow winner over team-mate Tom Sykes by only 0.090 seconds on Saturday but Rea won more comfortably in Sunday's second race, taking the flag with almost three seconds in hand to bag a haul of 50 points.

He now leads Sykes by 66 points with five rounds remaining and Rea, celebrating his first wins since Assen in April, could not hide his delight afterwards.

“My pre-race target was achieved so I am super-happy. For many reasons I really wanted to win here and to make it a double is incredible,” said the 29-year-old.

“I love racing here; it is where I had my first career World Superbike race win. Approaching the mid part of the season I had said many times just how important the next two races would be before the summer break, so to make it count this weekend is really good.

“Race two was a little bit of a different strategy. I set off so fast yesterday but today we used the 377 rear tyre and I think that made the difference. I want to say big thanks to Pirelli because they also brought the 375 tyre, the one we used in race one for the first time this weekend - and the 377, which we won race two with.

“That was the same tyre we used in Donington, so it is working in cooler and hotter conditions, which is big credit to them,” added reigning world champion Rea.

“Also credit to my crew because compared to race one we changed the bike quite a lot and we were able to conserve our tyre a little bit better.”

Rea has now won seven times this season as he strengthens his grip on the title, with the Ulster rider now moving on to 36 career World Superbike wins – the fourth highest total in the history of the championship.














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Tetley

June 20, 2016 1:12 PM

I wouldn't say WSB is boring this year. Yes there are two main compettitors at the front and it is maybe a shame that the TV cameras follow them too much, but there is all sorts of intrigue in the pack behind them. For example, Davis and the Ducati are always fast and every race they threaten to be challenging the Kawa pair. Guigliano also is a fast and determined rider, and this year is making a successful come-back from potentially cripplling injury. There's also the young flying dutchman, slowly learning how to be consistent. And Haydon, the fading ex MotoGP champ. And up-and-coming Brit Lowes ... There's a story in every garage- you just need to look a little deeper than what the TV shows.



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