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08/10/2020 News

Home joy for Mahias

 

Superbike World Championship - France

Lucas Mahias took his first victory of the season on a rainy day in front of his home crowd at Magny-Cours. Meanwhile, in the Superbike class, Jonathan Rea returned to the top step of the podium twice.

On another weekend, Lucas Mahias might even have left the Nièvre department with two wins. As it was, the first Supersport race was aborted with a few laps to go due to the deteriorating weather conditions. “I was gaining time on the leader and I felt good on the bike,” revealed the Kawasaki rider. The Frenchman nonetheless took his revenge with a dominant performance in the second race the next day, when he was head and shoulders above the competition. “I set off hard because I had to keep the tyres warm,” he explained. “The track was really cold and I wasn’t super confident in the setup we’d chosen, but quickly I managed to build up a gap that I was able to maintain from there on in. I’ve been chasing this first win since the beginning of the season and I’m really happy that it’s come in front of my home crowd.” Phillip Oettl, who had never previously ridden his Kawasaki in such treacherous conditions, took fourteenth place on Saturday and eleventh on Sunday. “I decided to keep myself in position and think about the championship instead of taking unnecessary risks,” said the German. In the Superbike class, Jonathan Rea came within a whisker of another hat-trick of wins. Having been third fastest in practice, the five-time world champion won the first two races before finishing fourth in the weekend finale. On Saturday afternoon, Rea was in simply imperious form on a soaking track. “The pace was ridiculously fast,” admitted the Kawasaki rider. “I had excellent grip despite the rain, and I had to stay really focused to maintain my speed. The Superpole race went really well too, although the last round of the weekend a little less so. We had traction control problems and I was losing too much out of tight corners when the surface water dropped. I wasn’t able to get on the podium, which had been our target. But on balance, it’s still a very positive weekend. Especially considering there’s only one race to come.” Fourth in the Superpole, Alex Lowes also climbed the podium twice, with third- and second-place finishes, before riding home seventh in the last race of the weekend. “I felt good in the wet, but a little less so when the track dried up,” was the British rider’s assessment. Xavi Fores took eighth place on Saturday afternoon, before finishing twelfth on Sunday morning and then retiring from the last race.

The championship

The penultimate round of the Superbike championship in France saw Jonathan Rea take another important step towards his sixth world title. Having extended his lead over Scott Redding to 59 points, the Kawasaki rider now only needs 3 points from the last round of the season to retain his crown. Alex Lowes moves up to fifth overall following two podium finishes, 24 points behind Michael Van der Mark. Xavi Fores finishes the weekend where he started, in fifteenth position. In the Supersport class, Lucas Mahias strengthens his grip on second place with 204 points. Philipp Oettl remains in fourth but closes the gap on third-placed Frenchman Jules Cluzel to only 15 points.

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France

  • Superbike World Championship - France