TeruelWorldSBK: Jonathan Rea extends championship lead in Aragon
The second and final weekend in Aragon proved even more dramatic than the first encounter for the World Superbike Championship, as the series took yet another twist in the championship fight.
Jonathan Rea bagged his second pole position at the circuit previously dominated by Ducati and more specifically, Welshman Chaz Davies. Rea, from pole, got the perfect launch but soon found himself battling with Go Eleven Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi for the lead, eventually the small Italian cleared the Kawasaki and opened a gap.
With Rinaldi escaping, Scott Redding saw an opportunity to attack Rea, however, as the pressure also mounted from Alvaro Bautista behind, Redding made an uncharacteristic error, crashing out of the race on lap eight.
Jonathan Rea couldn’t do anything about Rinaldi as the Italian crossed the line to become another new winner in the 2020 World Superbike Championship season with Rea in second and Chaz Davies benefiting from a late crash from Bautista to claim third.
As the sun rose over the Aragon circuit on Sunday morning, attention turned to the Superpole race. Scott Redding got out the blocks well, immediately putting pressure on Rea. The pair battled it out over the course of the ten lap race, with the Irishman nearly coming to grief with a hair raising slide on the exit kerb of turn six.
Redding pulled off an incredible defensive battle to win the ten lap Superpole race, bouncing back from his DNF in the first race on Saturday afternoon. Michael Ruben Rinaldi backed up his race-winning performance in the Superpole race, finishing third.
As the lights went out for one last time in Aragon, it was another dominating performance from Jonathan Rea, who had Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi for company throughout most of the final 18-lap battle. Rea and Redding were battling hard, however, Redding, who was running the softer rear tyre, was forced to settle for third after Rinaldi got passed the BSB Champion. Rea timed his charge to perfection, opening a 1.244s lead over Rinaldi in the final few laps. Redding was left in third, 4.082s adrift of his fellow Ducati rider.
With three different winners across three races, World Superbikes looks to continue its form in Catalunya, as the famous Barcelona venue makes its WorldSBK debut in two weeks’ time, which sees Rea carry a 36 point lead into the event.
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