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Jonathan Rea powered to a commanding double at Misano as the Kawasaki rider took a big step towards securing back-to-back World Superbike titles.

Rea had been without a win in six races heading into the eighth round of the championship, but the Northern Ireland rider set the record straight with a magnificent performance on his Ninja ZX-10R to clinch a maximum haul of 50 points.

After winning Saturday's opening race by the eighth narrowest margin in WSBK history - beating team-mate Tom Sykes by 0.090 seconds - Rea made life easier for himself in race two, wrapping up his brace by almost three seconds from Sykes, who now trails the reigning champion by a huge 66 points with five rounds remaining.

Yorkshireman Sykes had no answer when Rea, who had been stalking his title rival for much of the race, made a decisive move with five laps to go and soon broke clear to open a comfortable gap.

It was an authoritative victory that will come as a significant blow to Sykes, who had been clawing back some ground in the championship after a win at Sepang and a double at Donington Park in the previous round.

Italy's Davide Giugliano completed the rostrum places on the Aruba.it Ducati as he finished 6.3 seconds back, making amends for his spill in race one.

It was Rea who made a flying start off the front row to take the lead from pole-sitter Sykes, while Alex Lowes made a strong start on the Pata Yamaha and tried to force his way through on Sykes' inside.

However, Sykes carried his momentum through into the first turn and took back the lead from Rea, with the Kawasaki riders quickly putting daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

With Sykes and Rea setting the pace out front, disaster struck for Aruba.it Ducati's Chaz Davies, who crashed out on the third lap.

Honda's Michael van der Mark also came off as he was caught up in the incident, with both riders managing to return to the track. Welshman Davies, though, later retired in the pits while van der Mark - third on Saturday - recovered to finish 10th.

Germany contender Marcus Reiterberger's race ended early on the first lap when he was involved in a big high-side on his Althea BMW at turn 8, fortunately walking away from the incident.

Behind Sykes and Rea, Giugliano began to consolidate third place on the Ducati Panigale ahead of Barni Racing Ducati rider Xavi For?s.

The head of the leaderboard remained largely unchanged until Rea made his race-winning pass to take the lead five laps from the finish, while Giugliano held third behind Sykes with Fores coming home in fourth.

Ioda Racing Aprilia's Lorenzo Savadori and Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team) completed the top six, with Althea BMW's Jordi Torres finishing a close seventh behind the American.

Britain's Alex Lowes lost ground at the end of the race as the Pata Yamaha rider took the flag with a brave ride to eighth as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone sustained in a crash at Sepang.

Niccolo Canepa, standing in for injured Pata Yamaha rider Sylvain Guintoli, followed his team-mate home in ninth while the top ten was rounded out by the unlucky van der Mark.

Reparto Corse MV Agusta's Leon Camier was ruled out with a technical problem on lap 13.

The ninth round of the World Superbike Championship takes place at Laguna Seca in the USA from July 8-10 prior to the summer break.

 

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