Two weeks ago at Jerez – round 11 of the 2015 World SBK Championship – Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea had his worst performances of the season. After finishing on the podium at every round, the Northern Irishman left Jerez with a pair of fourths.But Rea also left Jerez with the World Superbike title, having clinched it two rounds early. This was the Kawasaki ZX-10R pilot’s first title since 2009 when he began riding full time.
This provided Rea some breathing room for the penultimate round of World SBK at Magny-Cours in France, but Rea refused to slow down. He doubled before the French crowd, earning his fifth double this season. With his wins, Rea also broke through the 500-points mark with one round remaining.Joining Rea on the race-one podium at Magny-Cours was teammate Tom Sykes and Pata Honda World Superbike’s Sylvain Guintoli. In race two Sykes finished third behind Ducati Team’s Chaz Davies.Following Magny-Cours SBK, Jonathan Rea says “I am super-happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. It was a double bonus. It was tough because I came here off the back of being really busy after winning the title in Jerez so I did not get too much down time, and my typical training week was out of the window.“When I got back here it was just so important to me to get back on the podium. Pirelli brought my favorite SC2 front tyre and immediately from the first session I felt really comfortable again. So I am really happy to have come out and not just have two podium finishes but a double win at a circuit I have never won at before.”Following are the official race recaps of Magny-Cours SBK 2015 Results:
Magny-Cours SBK 2015 Race 1 Recap:
The opening WorldSBK race of the day at a very wet Magny-Cours has been won by newly crowned Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea after a reduced race distance of 19 laps.The Kawasaki Racing Team rider overhauled the 2013 World SBK Champion Tom Sykes, who made a mistake at Turn 8, eventually finishing 4.7 seconds behind Rea at the flag. For Rea it was a sweet victory and the first for him at the Magny-Cours circuit.The podium was completed by Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who kept his consecutive run of podium finishes at his home circuit in tact with a spirited ride.Fourth, after a multi rider battle from the start was Michael van der Mark on the second Pata Honda, the Dutchman getting the better of Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) , Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing) who completed the top seven. Camier gave the Italian manufacturer its best finish ever in its WorldSBK history.Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rode a solid race after a huge spill in Superpole yesterday to claim eighth ahead of Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Team) and Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing) who finished 10th.The final point scorers were Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini SBK Team), Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) and Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven).The pole man Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) started strongly but faded and with 7th laps to go he made the decision to pit for intermediate tires, he eventually finished 16th.
Magny-Cours SBK 2015 Results – Race 2 Recap:
The second race at Magny-Cours was won by Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), the World Champion doing the double for the fifth time this year after a three-rider battle raged from the start. His podium tally of 22 puts him equal with Troy Bayliss who achieved the feat in 2002, and is the second highest number of podiums in a season in the all-time list.At the flag at the end of 21-adrenalin-filled laps the remaining podium places were taken by Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) meaning the fight for the runner-up spot in the series will continue to the season finale under floodlights in Qatar in a fortnight.Behind the top three, Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) had their own private duel with the Dutchman taking fourth with a few laps to go from his English rival.Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) had another solid day pleasing the many fans trackside with sixth in dry conditions.Seventh was Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing) ahead of the duelling Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team), who were eighth and ninth respectively, with Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rounding out the top 10.The remaining points-scoring positions were claimed by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing), Markus Reiterberger (VanZon Rehema BMW), David Salom (Team Pedercini) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).
2015 World Superbike – Points and What’s Next
The 2015 World Superbike series now breaks for two weeks ahead of the season finale at Qatar. The 2015 World SBK Champion Rea has 528 points, 145 ahead of Davies. In third with 367 points is Sykes
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