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Superbike World Championship France02.10.2017


Rea Right On!

Jonathan Rea became the first rider to win three Superbike World Championship titles in a row this weekend on the Magny-Cours circuit. Quite an event even for the Kawasaki biker…


The Races

After taking pole position, Jonathan Rea won the first race of the French leg on a track that looked more like a skating rink. It was a decisive victory since it allowed him to win a new world champion title while there are still two events left to race. The Kawasaki rider had less success the next day. Just as he thought he would be able to celebrate his new crown with an extra victory, Jonathan had to retire at the start of the race after crashing into Laverty’s bike, who had fallen in front of him. With an injured foot, the triple world champion had to be given a medical examination that fortunately revealed nothing serious. Tom Sykes, whose hand has been injured since falling in Portimao, bravely managed to reach the third step of the podium on Saturday afternoon. The Brit ranked seventh in the second race on Sunday. Randy Krummenacher was also injured, and was unable to race in France. In Supersport, Kenan Sofuoglu lost more than the race at Magny-Cours. The Kawasaki rider fractured his pelvis when he crashed during the practice test sessions. After being operated, no doubt he will be unable to get behind the handlebars of a bike before the end of the season. Michael Canducci finished seventh and Kyle Ryde twenty-second.

The Championship

Jonathan Rea has won the Superbike 2017 World Championship with two more races to go in Spain and Qatar. With 456 points now on the counter, the Kawasaki rider can no longer be caught up. Tom Sykes, his teammate, stays in second place overall with 336 points to his credit. Despite his absence at Magny-Cours, Randy Krummenacher stays in fifteenth place. In Supersport, Kenan Sofoglu has been forced to hand over the championship to Lucas Mahias. Kyle Ryde slips back to twelfth place while Michael Canducci remains in fifteenth place.

The Background

Jonathan Rea starting writing his legend the day he joined the Kawasaki team. In winning the first race of the weekend at Magny-Cours, the third leg of the 2017 season, the Brit bagged his third world championship title in a row. An achievement that no other rider has managed to accomplish so far. Jonathan Rea also scored his fiftieth victory in the discipline, and his twelfth of the season. With a hundred and eight podiums now under his belt, he is now only a length behind Carl Fogarty, his illustrious compatriot.

I have no words to describe my emotion . I’ve made so many sacrifices to get here. My family as well… My parents who allowed me to start racing, my wife and children who support me every day. And then the whole team, without whom a success like this would never have been possible.

Jonathan Rea

A team that also took advantage of the weekend in the Nièvre region to win the “Teams” title as well.