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WSBK Magny-Cours, France: Rea against managing points margin for title tilt

Jonathan Rea says he won't be concentrating on any World Superbike championship points management at Magny Cours as he moves towards defending his world title.
Jonathan Rea says he won't be concentrating on any World Superbike championship points management at Magny Cours as he moves closer to defending his world title.

The Kawasaki rider pulled out a 47-point advantage over nearest rival Tom Sykes thanks to a masterclass ride to victory in a wet race two at the Lausitzring last time out.

With just six races to go in 2016 Rea could be excused for targeting outright points to guide himself to a second straight World Superbike title, but with confidence high - while also claiming a double victory weekend last year at the French track - the Northern Irish isn't planning on changing his approach.

“Of course at this stage of the year I am thinking about the gap but I do not want to let it affect my riding,” Rea said. “We can't really manage a 47-point lead because we can see how easy it is to lose a bunch of points.

“But going into the weekend in France I am happy and confident on the bike and we have a lot of data for the track. We know what works there and we will start with a good base and work step-by-step through the weekend.

“A wet race win in Germany was a nice way to finish the weekend last time out and I have l slept really well this week. I am looking forward to Magny Cours because I have had a good history there and I enjoy riding it. We have a points advantage but not enough to be comfortable with, so we still have to go out and make big points in France.”

Rea can guarantee a Kawasaki rider will win the 2016 riders' crown by outscoring Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Chaz Davies by three points in France.

Despite suffering two straight DNFs either side of the extended summer break, Rea is arguably still in the best form of any rider having claimed four wins in the past four races he has finished, with 47 point lead on Sykes.
by Haydn Cobb



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Luvnit

September 29, 2016 9:16 AM

Jonathan is a racer and wants to win races! He also has a good attitude which tells him that by winning races and gaining points by doing so, he proves he is eligible to be called the no 1 rider and hold the world title! Some others try to win a title by all sorts of methods, even asking team mates to slow down so they can pass them to gain extra points which they would not receive if left to their own devices! This method is not what winning a title is about at all! Jonathan is a true champion and deserves to be at the top!

StrangeRanger

September 29, 2016 4:47 PM

Rea has proven beyond a doubt this year that he is simply the best. Last year he had a bike that suited him perfectly and his teammate much less so and was superior to everything else in the field. The results were never in doubt from the first race. This year Ducati emerged as a real threat and Kawi delivered a bike that was initially more suited to Sykes' riding style. However Rea persevered, struggled through the new setup and took over the series the lead and is very likely to repeat as the Champion. It almost makes up for all those wasted years at Honda



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