Jonathan Rea admitted he was lost for words after recording another resounding double victory under the Italian sun at Imola.

The championship leader won a shortened six-lap first race before dominating the second, his 150th in the World Superbike class, to claim his second double at the Italian circuit in as many years.

The incredible run, which has seen Rea claim an incredible 240 points from a possible 250, sees the Northern Irishman stretch his championship lead out to 87 points over Leon Haslam, a non-finisher in race two.

"It has been incredible this weekend and I do not know what to say because this kind of run has never happened to me before," said Rea. "I am just enjoying the moment.

"The key to the weekend was working hard with Pere and Paolo on Friday and Saturday to make sure we had a package we could fight with."

Rea was sat behind team-mate Tom Sykes after a relatively slow start in race one when the red flags came out. With the restart being run over six laps, Rea acknowledged that he was nervous about his pace in the early laps.

"I was honestly a little bit worried about the six lap first race because we were not really set up to be so strong in the beginning of the race but we were able to win.

"In race two I watched the gap behind and Arturo was giving me great signals from pit lane. When the gap got to one second I thought 'keep going and no mistakes'."

Speaking on television after race two, Rea dedicated his double victory to former Kawasaki Superbike rider Joan Lascorz, who was paralysed after a testing accident at the Italian course in 2012.



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