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Superbike World Championship – France01.10.2018

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Four-Star Rea

Unbeatable in the two races held on the Magny-Cours circuit, Jonathan Rea added a fourth star to his world champion jersey.

The Races

Jonathan Rea enjoyed his new title of world champion with his family. Winner on Saturday afternoon of the first race of the weekend ahead of teammate Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider had the pleasure of seeing his father step onto the podium to receive the trophy awarded to Guim Roda’s team. “A super surprise,” said the quadruple world champion. “I owe a lot to my father, we travelled so much together when I was a kid on motocross racing. My parents have always been by my side and without them I would never have been here today.” To perfect his weekend at Magny-Cours, Rea drove the nail in the next day by clocking up his fourteenth win of the season. This time, the Brit won ahead Davies and Van der Mark, with Tom Sykes fourth at the foot of the podium. On the side of the Pucetti team, Razgatlioglu finished eighth on Saturday and twelfth on Sunday. In Supersport, Okubo and Barbera scored a hat trick in the top ten, placing ninth and tenth.

The Championship

With a lead of one hundred and thirty-five points and another four races to go, Jonathan can no longer be caught up by Chaz Davies, his runner-up in the overall standings. Currently placed fourth, Tom Sykes can still claim third place in the championship, since he is only thirty-six points behind Michael Van der Mark. Razgatlioglu is in tenth place with one hundred and twenty points. In Supersport, Okubo is in thirteenth place with thirty-two points. Barbera is in nineteenth place.

The Background

By winning at Magny-Cours, Jonathan Rea carried off his fourth World Superbike title, joining legendary Carl Forgarty in the record books. Like his countryman, Rea won his fourth star with the same constructor. The Brit now has 53 lime green-coloured victories, making him the most successful rider for a brand, Kawasaki. A record held so far Troy Bayliss with Ducati. Winning in France as last year, when there are still two rounds to go, the Kawasaki rider is writing some of the finest pages in the history of Superbike. With eight wins in a row – fourteen since the start of the season – Rea is only a length behind Colin

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