WSBK: Rea Does the Double Down Under

Reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea has secured the double win in the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island, as he was able to hold off Chaz Davies for the second time of the weekend and leaves with a 14 point championship lead.

Rea took maximum points in Australia Photo: KRT
Rea took maximum points in Australia         Photo: KRT

In a similar start to race one, Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes took the lead into the opening corner ahead of team-mate Rea until he was able to sneak ahead at the Southern Loop.

The weekend went from bad to worse for Alex Lowes and his Pata Yamaha as he was unable to make it round the first lap, pulling off track at the top of Lukey Heights seemingly with a mechanical issue.

Sykes was soon able to take the lead back from Rea whilst Honda’s Michael van der Mark was making progress, setting the fastest lap and made it up into third.


After a strong start to the year for Leon Camier on Saturday, he entered the pits with 20 laps to go despite setting a strong pace in the early laps. 

Unable to pull away from the pack Sykes was leading a group of six riders and just 0.162s split the two green machines with 16 laps to go on top of having van der Mark on their tails.

Mirroring race one Sykes made a slip up through Stoner Curve with 12 laps to go and slipped down to fourth position and as a result putting Rea in the lead.

This lead wasn’t for long however as young Dutch rider van der Mark moved into the lead through Doohan corner, and the speed of his CBR1000RR kept him securely in the lead as seven riders began to bunch together with any having the ability to finish on the podium.

With seven laps remaining Davide Giugliano made a mistake on his Ducati and took Sykes with him, pushing the pair back a few positions and were both lucky to stay on their machines, meaning Hayden and Guintoli jumped up into fourth and fifth.

After pulling out a short lead on fourth position van der Mark slipped back down into third position and it wasn’t long before Davies made his move to take the lead which unlike race one he was able to make it stick.

Going into another tense final lap Rea was able to take the lead back in turn one and van der Mark was very much still in it for the victory. However Davies crashed out as he was pushing to get back into first, making what could have been he made his final move of the race. He was able to remount and crossed the line in tenth position.

van der Mark crossed the line in second and Nicky Hayden narrowly missed out on making it a Honda 2-3 as he was fighting off Guigliano who made his move in the final corner to take third position.

Sylvain Guintoli had a strong race for Pata Yamaha in fifth as Sykes was able to salvage sixth position after a disappointing end to a strong race.

For a full list of results click here.


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