Jonathan Rea is aiming to clinch a third consecutive World Superbike title next time out at Magny Cours having moved to within touching distance of the championship with a dominant double victory at Portimao.

Rea made it a clean sweep in Portugal with Superpole and two comfortable race wins for the Kawasaki Racing Team and coupled with the absence of team-mate Tom Sykes due to injury plus Chaz Davies’s race two crash the defending champion now has a 120-point lead.

Mathematically Rea can seal the title in race one at Magny Cours if he takes five points more than Sykes or wins in the French opener in two weeks to make World Superbike history by becoming the first rider to win three consecutive titles.

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“The championship lead is massive now and we can go to Magny Cours thinking about trying to win it in France,” Rea said. “If we have a solid enough weekend in Magny Cours we can get it done.”

While Rea had a couple of hairy moments during race two at Portimao he was thrilled to secure his 11th win of the year, and 34th career win at Kawasaki to make him the most successful rider for the Japanese manufacturer, but despite both his main rivals missing he feels he’s ridden through his own share of bad luck in 2017.

“I am really happy to win and aside from one little issue it was plain sailing race,” he said. “I made some tough passes in the first laps to get my track position and as soon as I hit the front I made my rhythm and went away. We had a completely different bike set-up today.

“I had a lot of feedback from the bike and I was able to ride in my own rhythm but with seven or eight laps to go I had a drop in power in second gear. But as the laps were ticking down I could see that the gap was staying constant, and then I saw Chaz went out and I had some breathing space. We have had our bad luck this year in Donington.”


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I'd love to see him in MotoGP on a competitive bike. He should be there now if it wasn't for poor decision making by a certain manufacturer who have given less deserving riders factory bikes. 

Three consecutive World sbk title, what's ahead for JR,he is too good for Wsbk.

Jonathan is definitely good enough to trouble the likes of Marquez, Valentino and anyone else in MotoGP but Jonathan will not move unless he could be guaranteed a competitive, factory bike. Who would be removed to make way for him in that case? Also, Jonathan has said he thinks his moment for MotoGP fame has passed him by and he is happy in WSB. I agree with this and hope to see him win many more world titles in the class he is dominating and deservedly so!

Ritchieok, that would be the certain manufacturer that supported all the way from British Supersport, BSBK, WSS and WSBK and gave him his MotoGP debut where he didn't exactly set the world alight!!!

Jonathan stood in for Casey Stoner and made no effort to set the world alight but merely get the bike round the track! This was all he was asked to do, no trying to win or to even risk a crash! Jonathan did what he was asked and said himself that he could have gone a lot faster, but that was not what he was there to do so job done!

Yeah, Rea wasted so many years riding the clumsy Fireblade. If he has been on that Aprilia or the Yamaha of Spies days back then he might have been WSBK champ 4 times over...He is no yongester anymore but surely not that old to try a MotoGP bike neither. He has that ability to stay on the bike wet or dry and that attribute is what makes a superb rider to a mediocre runner in comparison. WSBK or MotoGP bikes, you have to be upright on the bike and that increases the chance of winning. Jonathan Rea has that and more. So go and measure yourself on a Honda GP machine or perhaps on a Ducati or even the Yamaha albeit almost impossible to find a title sponsor willing to back him up for his MotoGP debut due to his somewhat mature age!