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Jonathan Rea says fighting off of the backfoot against the Racing Ducati squad means he’s satisfied to leave with a double rostrum and extend his World Superbike lead to 70 points in Germany.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider darted into the lead in the opening stages of race two but once Chaz Davies got past his Ducati team-mate Marco Melandri he was powerless to stop the Welsh rider storming through to a dominant double after struggling with continued rear tyre wear issues.

Despite being unable to stop Davies out in front, Rea maximised the opportunity to extend his championship advantage with a double second place finish coupled with Sykes finishing behind him in both races, third in race one and fourth in race two, which sees the defending champion pull out a 70-point advantage with four rounds to go.

“I’m happy with the results from this weekend as the bike has never really worked that well here and we were on the back foot on Friday,” Rea said. “So to make the set-up changes we did, and make some big steps, I am really happy with the team - so thanks to them. We came away with 40 points, from Lausitzring, which I am satisfied with.

“When I had really good grip in the beginning I felt strong on the bike but as soon as I started to lose entry-traction the bike became very physical to ride. I was manhandling the bike and this is such a bumpy track. Yesterday’s race started to take its toll a little bit also.

“I had no big moments but I just tried to rein it in a little bit and I saw that my gap behind to Marco was just moving forward, tenth by tenth, so it was about consolidation at the end. When I lost the edge grip it was just not possible to stay in front but I did try.”


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