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Superbike World Championship – United States25.06.2018

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Rea has no rivals in the Far West

Jonathan Rea relentlessly outclassed his opponents in California. The Championship leader further increased his lead by chalking up a new twin-win, making him the record holder of victories at Laguna Seca.

The Races

The unfortunate events in the Czech Republic are now a thing of the past. Jonathan Rea took advantage of his transatlantic trip to improve his statistics. The Brit didn’t do things by halves on the Laguna Seca track, winning both races ahead of Chaz Davies. Each time Rea took advantage of a higher pace to leave his opponent at two-thirds of the race. “I was really comfortable with a great bike,” said the Kawasaki rider. For his teammate, the weekend in California was a little more complicated. Finishing seventh on Saturday and eighth on Sunday, Tom Sykes never managed to feel confident. “We didn’t manage to adjust the bike for my style,” explained the former world champion. “It under-steered a lot and I had a hard time getting out of the corners.” Toprak Razgatlioglu injured his foot when he fell on Saturday and had to give up starting the race on Sunday. The next event is on July 7 in Italy. The Superbike riders will meet their Supersport colleagues who had no event in the United States.

The Championship

By beating Chaz Davies twice to the Laguna Seca finish line, Jonathan Rea increased his lead over the Ducati rider by ten points. Seventy-five points now separate the two Brits. In fourth place, Tom Sykes is now nineteen points behind third-placed Alex Lowes. In the manufacturers’ standings, Kawasaki are calling the shots with a forty-five point lead.

The Background

“I could not have had a better weekend, it was as if I was dreaming. Californian dreaming.” On the night after the eighth event of the Superbike World Championship in the United States, Jonathan Rea had trouble coming back down from cloud nine. By scoring a new twin-win on the Laguna Seca circuit, the triple world champion has become the record holder of victories on the legendary American circuit. Two magnificent victories, including the second that saw him cross the finish line with a lead of more than five seconds despite starting from the third row of the grid after already winning the day before. “I thought I’d be good here, but I didn’t think I’d be that good,” said the Kawasaki rider. “This kind of weekend is quite rare and you need to know how to appreciate it. A twin-win at Laguna Seca, under the sun, in front of an incredible audience … It’s my idea of happiness. I must say a big thank you to my team for giving me such a wonderful week.” Before the race weekend, Jonathan had a first thrill riding a Kawasaki ZX-10R over the Golden Gate Bridge on his way with Alex Lowes, Eugene Laverty, Chaz Davies, Loris Baz and Josh Herrin to Ghirardelli Square where a crowd of fans were waiting for an autograph session.

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