Rea makes it a Thai double
Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea has taken his tally to four wins from four races in this year’s World Superbike Championship when he picked victory in the rain-interrupted second race in Thailand on Sunday.
The Northern Irishman also won both races in Australia at the Phillip Island Circuit in the opening round of the season in February.
The defending world champion was 4.07 seconds ahead of teammate, England's Tom Sykes, who was followed by Ducati's Marco Melandri on the Chang International Circuit.
The race was initially red-flagged on the fifth lap when Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori crashed leaving oil and debris on the track.
At the restart, due to the new reverse grid positions rules introduced for World Superbikes in 2017, Rea started in ninth position on the grid but worked his was up to the front again but due to the dangerous wet conditions the race was stopped again.
The race then restarted again with Rea in pole and he dominated for the remaining 16 laps claiming a 42nd career victory in the series, with 12 doubles.
Since 2015, the 30-year-old Rea has won five of the last six races held on the Chang International Circuit.
In an interview after his dominating display, Rea said he was feeling very happy with his bike.
"I'm so happy. I made a good start and managed to get clean away and stay in a rhythm. I'm feeling good with the bike," said Rea.
On the final corner, Sykes overtook Melandri to clinch second spot, with Alex Lowes, Jordi Torres and Chaz Davies completing the top six.
In the championship standings, Rea has a 30-point lead over second-placed Davies with 70 and Sykes is in third with 62 points. Lowes has 49 in fourth place.
The next round will be held in at the start of April at Aragon.
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RACE 2 RESULTS
1. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 16 laps
2. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 4.078s
3. Marco Melandri (ITA) Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 4.195s
4. Alex Lowes (GBR) PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 10.9
5. Jordi Torres (ESP) Althea BMW S1000RR 14.733s
6. Chaz Davies (GBR) Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 16.972s
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 20.843s
8. Xavi Fores (ESP) Barni Ducati 1199R 24.284s
9. Roman Ramos (ESP) Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 24.864s
10. Markus Reiterberger (GER) Althea BMW S1000RR 26.008s
11. Alex de Angelis (SMR) Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 27.599s
12. Riccardo Russo (ITA) Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 34.800
13. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.090s
14. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 47.695s
15. Eugene Laverty (IRE) Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 21.916s
Did not finish
16. Leon Camier (GBR) MV Agusta RC F4 RR 10 laps completed
17. Randy Krummenacher (SWI) Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10R 5 laps completed
18. Stefan Bradl (GER) Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 5 laps completed
19. Michael van der Mark (NED) PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 0 laps completed
20. Lorenzo Savadori (ITA) Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 0 laps completed
Ruled out by injury
Leandro Mercado (ITA) IodaRacing Aprilia RSV