Jonathan Rea successfully ended his and Honda's World Superbike victory drought in the drizzle after showing his experience to prevail during a tricky first race of the day at Silverstone.

A dicey encounter as intermittent rain five laps into the race at certain parts of the Silverstone circuit prompted a tentative approach from some of the riders, Rea opted to bite the bullet and ride out front, in doing so 'testing' the conditions for those behind.

Despite this, Rea was able to extend his advantage, finding a good balance between speed and caution to steadily move away from the chasing pack, keeping it neat to the chequered flag to secure his and Pata Honda's first win of the year.

An 11th career WSBK win, but his first since Donington Park last season, Rea admits victory on home soil was a particularly 'sweet' one.

"Race one was probably one of the sweetest victories of my career because to ride out-front in those conditions was quite scary. I was so happy for the whole team and our sponsors, but I had to be very cautious. I also had to be smart and, as I saw the gap heading into the last few laps, I didn't want to be throwing away that kind of lead. My team gave me a great bike after we pulled something out for Superpole that worked in the dry.

Race two, meanwhile, didn't initially go to plan as Rea slipped back in the early stages to run at the bottom end of the top ten. However, the Ulsterman would steadily work his way back into contention, eventually getting the better of Tom Sykes, Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Camier late on to cross the line in fourth.

"We made a good change for race two and got up to fourth after I got stuck behind Tom Sykes for a few laps. I lost way too much time at the beginning but I was happy to do a 2m05s lap in the later stages. The race two result was OK but we can go into the summer break happy enough that we've got an overall package that can challenge for podiums."

Following Loris Baz's win in race two, Rea remains seventh in the overall standings, though he is now just four points adrift of the overall top five.



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