Jonathan Rea was certain he could take the fight to Chaz Davies in tricky conditions in race two at Magny-Cours but the newly-crowned World Superbike champion was pleased to still see his Kawasaki Racing Team claim the teams’ title with two rounds to spare.

After securing a historic third consecutive World Superbike riders’ championship with victory in race one at the French round, Rea had been aiming for another double victory to toast his feat but his charge was halted at the end of lap one when Eugene Laverty fell in front of him and he clipped the side of the Milwaukee Aprilia machine.

Rea picked up a suspected broken rear brake, while suffered a nasty bang to his right foot, and was ultimately forced to retire due to the damage sustained to his ZX-10RR. It marked just the second time the three-time World Superbike champion has missed the rostrum in 2017 and he was certain of challenging for the win with Davies despite the difficult conditions as rain swirled around Magny-Cours.

“Without the incident that put me out of the race we could have been fighting for the win,” Rea said. “My pace all weekend in the dry has been a little bit of a step ahead of the others. The conditions were a little intermittent throughout the race, so it is hard to say how it would have gone. But I was confident to be able to race with Chaz. Wet or dry we have set the level this weekend.

“The good news is that I have had some checks on my right foot and nothing is broken. I hit something really solid on the other bike, as it has broken skin on my foot and it was enough to take my footpeg completely off; the whole set-up.

“So I am very lucky and it could have been a lot worse. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Despite his second DNF of the year Rea’s Kawasaki Racing Team clinched the teams’ title thanks to Tom Sykes’s seventh place finish which leaves just the manufacturers crown up for grabs this year.

“The team won their championship today too,” he said. “As soon as I got changed out of my leathers I saw the caption appear on the screen in my office saying they had won, so I rushed back into the pitbox to give my team manager Guim a big hug and say congratulations.”


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