WSBK: Rea dominates to Superpole victory

Published on August 2, 2020
By Short Shift News

Jonathan Rea has taken his second Superpole race victory after a dominating performance in the opening 10-lap race of the day.

The Irishman once again got a blistering start, launching into the lead as the field fled into turn one. Toprak Razgatlioglu followed the Irishman, but couldn’t clear the Ducati of Scott Redding into turn one and made an aggressive pass on the race one winner at turn two.

Determined not to let Rea get away, Razgatlioglu started to put pressure on the Kawasaki rider, but Rea responded almost immediately to open up a one second lead by half race distance.

The leading five started to open a healthy advantage over Tom Sykes’ BMW who lead the chasing pack before being passed by Chaz Davies’ Ducati with 6 laps to go.

As we entered the second half of the race Scott Redding started attacking the PATA Yamaha, but despite efforts at turn six, nine and a lap later, turn one, Razgatlioglu was stronger than the former BSB champion on the breaks.

Eventually, Redding used his Ducati V4 R power to blast alongside the Yamaha into turn six and as Redding just cleared Razgatlioglu, the PATA Yamaha suffered a mechanical, their second mechanical as a team in two days after van der Mark retired from race one.

Jonathan Rea was untouchable and took his 90th Superbike race victory ahead of championship leader Scott Redding and Michael van der Mark picks up his first podium of the season.

Chaz Davies finished fifth ahead of Sykes and second Kawasaki, Alex Lowes. Garrett Gerloff finished in an impressive eighth place ahead of the two Honda’s with Britain’s Leon Haslam leading Alvaro Bautista.

With that race victory, Jonathan Rea will start the second full race distance race from pole position with the remaining top nine lining up in their Superpole race positions.

Razgatlioglu will line-up tenth on the grid for the second race later today.

Image Credit: Kawasaki


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