Jonathan Rea has equalled Troy Bayliss’s World Superbike career wins record with his 52nd victory to double up at Jerez to go joint-second on the all-time wins list.

The triple World Superbike champion followed up his maiden win at Jerez with a second victory thanks to a flawless race performance for his 14th win of the season. Rea is rewriting the record book in the series and has gone equal-second with Bayliss on the all-time wins list with 52, just seven off leader Carl Fogarty, while he has achieved 110 rostrum finishes in the series to go one in front of Fogarty.

Rea credited crew chief Pere Riba with his latest triumph for persuading him into a front tyre change from race one which enabled him to set a new lap record at Jerez of 1m 40.640s to blast clear of his chasing rivals and with it Kawasaki sealed the 2017 World Superbike manufacturers’ crown.

“Kawasaki won the manufacturers’ championship today and it is not just the bike, the rider, the management or the crew chief, it is every single person inside the team and at the factory race department in Japan,” Rea said. “Everyone has made this result and I am super-proud to be a part of it.

“In the race I had a really nice hash tag on my dash today for a little bit more motivation on the grid. My mechanics were building me up right before I left the grid and I knew today I had to go. I feel like I steered the bike around today.

“The win came from my crew chief Pere Riba because he asked me to trust him with some front geometry changes and a front tyre change. It was awesome.”

If Rea wins both races at the season finale in Qatar he will overhaul Colin Edwards' record for number of points scored in a single season (552 points in 2002).

 

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