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30/09/2020 News

Rea extends his lead 

Superbike World Championship - Catalonia

Two podiums, a race win and an even healthier lead at the top of the overall standings: Jonathan Rea has every reason to be happy with his weekend’s work in Barcelona.

Jonathan Rea was determined to make his mark on the occasion of the first ever Superbike World Championship meeting to be held in Catalonia. “Our team workshops are located just behind the main grandstand of the Montmelo circuit,” said the Kawasaki rider. “Even if our supporters weren’t able to come and see the race, it was important for me to bring home a good result. I also wanted to win for Ana Carasco, who is still in hospital after her fall, and for my grandfather because it’s the anniversary of his death today.” Having started ahead of the pack following his fourth consecutive pole position, Rea never gave his opponents so much as a sniff of victory. A day later, the Northern Irishman claimed another podium spot in the Superpole race before finishing fourth in the last round of the weekend. “I only just avoided the chaos in the sprint race when Alvaro Bautista fell in front of me,” explained the Kawasaki rider. “I hit his bike but miraculously I stayed upright. After that, I had to regroup. The final race was very tough. I had a lot of vibration in the front brakes, it didn’t feel right and my tyre quickly deteriorated. In spite of it all, I still finished fourth, and the most important thing is that I’ve increased my championship lead, which was our target coming to Barcelona.” In contrast, Alex Lowes never threatened the podium. Following a ninth place on Saturday afternoon, the Briton came in seventh in the Superpole race and eighth in the weekend finale. “I’m a bit disappointed with the result, after the positive feeling I had in Aragon,” conceded Rea’s teammate. “I was getting some slides on the front at the entry to corners and I never quite felt confident on the bike.” Xavi Fores stayed in the points all weekend, with the Puccetti Racing rider finishing the three races in thirteenth, twelfth and fifteenth. In the Supersport class, teammates Lucas Mahias and Phillip Oettl stood on the podium together after the second race of the weekend, having finished second and third respectively. The previous day, the Frenchman had enjoyed another second-place finish, while the German rider trailed in eighth at the end of a chaotic race shortened because of rain. “This is the best result I can hope for this year,” declared Mahias. “In comparison to Locatelli, we’re clearly lacking speed.” Attention now turns to Magny-Cours in France for the next meeting, scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 October.

The Championship

With only two rounds to go, Jonathan Rea has taken a huge stride towards his sixth World Superbike title. The Kawasaki rider currently holds a 51-point lead ahead of Scott Redding. Alex Lowes remains sixth in the overall standings on 145 points. Xavi Fores drops two places, slipping from thirteenth to fifteenth. In Supersport, Lucas Mahias has taken advantage of the absence of Jules Cluzel to move up to second place. Phillip Oettl stays fourth, 35 points behind his teammate.

  • Superbike World Championship - Catalonia

  • Superbike World Championship - Catalonia

  • Superbike World Championship - Catalonia

  • Superbike World Championship - Catalonia