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Lausitz WSBK: Rea rebounds with dominant win in shortened wet race

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Lausitz WSBK: Rea rebounds with dominant win in shortened wet race
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Sep 18, 2016, 12:35 PM

Jonathan Rea recovered from his Race 1 retirement with a crushing victory in the second Lausitzring World Superbike race, which was delayed and shortened due to heavy rain.

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Alex De Angelis, IodaRacing Team
Alex De Angelis, IodaRacing Team
Alex De Angelis, IodaRacing Team
Xavi Fores, Avintia Racing
Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team
Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team

With rain falling on track soon before the start, the race was supposed to start 15-minutes later than scheduled but, following the sighting and warm-up laps, lack of visibility caused a red flag.

Another delay of 30 minutes followed before the field rejoined the track for the race, which was shortened by five laps.

Chaz Davies fell behind Tom Sykes off the line and then Rea also passed him, the Northern Irishman working his way up from sixth on the grid.

Rea passed his teammate a couple of corners later with Sykes soon falling and retiring at the braking zone of Turn 10.

After the Briton's crash, Davide Giugliano was the only one managing to keep up with Rea but the Italian also lost control of his bike on Lap 4, suffering a highside crash.

After losing out to the two Kawasakis and Giugliano, yesterday's dominant winner Davies dropped back to the lower parts of the top 10.

Lorenzo Savadori was next to run second but the Italian ended up crashing too, giving fellow Aprilia rider Alex de Angelis the position.

At the front, Rea confidently cruised to the finish with a massive gap.

De Angelis safely completed the race to take his first World Superbike podium as the top finish of his rookie season was seventh previously.

Xavi Fores, who made his MotoGP debut in the championship's previous round, also scored his maiden top 3 finish in WSBK behind the Aprilia rider.

Leon Camier secured fourth followed by Sylvain Guintoli, who passed Davies for the spot.

Reigning British Superbike champion Joshua Brookes also took his best result in seventh with Michael Van der Mark salvaging eighth despite a crash.

Team GoEleven's Roman Ramos and Nicky Hayden, who started third but fell to the back of the order, completed the top 10.

Alongside Giugliano and Savadori six others retired from the race including Althea BMW duo Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.

Anthony West retired from fifth with Yamaha's Alex Lowes also losing out on a potential top 10 finish.

Saeed Al Sulaiti and Dominic Schmitter also failed to finish the race.

Thanks to Sykes' retirement, Rea extended his championship lead to 47 points.

Full results

ClaDriverBikeGap
1  Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki  
2  Alex de Angelis  Aprilia 9.396
3  Xavi Forés  Ducati 13.041
4  Leon Camier  MV Agusta 15.728
5  Sylvain Guintoli  Yamaha 17.100
6  Chaz Davies  Ducati 19.780
7  Josh Brookes  BMW 32.208
8  Michael van der Mark Honda 54.373
9  Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 57.271
10  Nicky Hayden  Honda 59.671
11  Luca Scassa  Ducati 1'01.938
12  Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 1'14.028
13  Gianluca Vizziello  Kawasaki 1'14.038
14  Pawel Szkopek  Yamaha 1'46.309
15  Karel Abraham  BMW 1'51.775
16  Peter Sebestyen  Yamaha 1 lap
   Dominic Schmitter  Kawasaki 4 laps
   Saeed Al Sulaiti  Kawasaki 6 laps
   Alex Lowes  Yamaha 7 laps
   Markus Reiterberger  BMW 8 laps
   Jordi Torres  BMW 10 laps
   Anthony West  Kawasaki 10 laps
   Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 10 laps
   Davide Giugliano  Ducati 13 laps
 
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Series World Superbike
Event Lausitzring
Location EuroSpeedway Lausitz
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author David Gruz