2018 Imola World Superbike Results | Rea Doubles (Video Recap)

2018 Imola World Superbike Results Rea and Davies
Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea and Ducati's Chaz Davies

2018 Imola World Superbike Results

Heading into the Italian round of 2018 World Superbike at Imola, three-time World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea only had three wins – one each in Thailand, Aragon and Assen.

Impressive, yes, but very un-Rea like due to not scoring a double win at any round so far. That changed this past weekend for round five of 13 at Imola, the Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10RR pilot claiming his first double of the WSBK season.

2018 Imola World Superbike Results Rea and Davies
Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea and Ducati’s Chaz Davies

Rea’s double – earned from the pole position – also allowed him to equal the all-time record of 59 career race wins, a record he now shares with Carl Fogarty. This means he can become the leader in most career wins next weekend at his home race in Donington. The next closest rider Troy Bayliss with 52, and Noriyuki Haga with 43.

Joining Rea on the race-one podium Saturday were teammate Tom Sykes and Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Marco Melandri. Sunday’s race-two podium was all British; Rea claimed the win ahead of Aruba.it Racing Ducati’s Chaz Davies and Sykes.

“We got it done and it was probably the best race win of the season,” Jonathan Rea said after Sunday’s race. “Coming from ninth on the grid, it was so difficult. I was not so confident I could win today. It was really nice to equal the record total of race wins, and with a long season left I feel confident that I can extend my win tally, and that is super-nice.”

In warm and sticky conditions Rea started the first 19-lap race of the WorldSBK race weekend from pole position, having secured his 16th career Superpole just a couple of hours before the start of race one.

Jonathan led from flag-to-flag with only his own team-mate Sykes for company in the first few laps, before Rea’s pace took him to an eventual margin of victory of 3.755 seconds. His latest win was his fourth of the season, all of them coming at different circuits.

2018 Imola World Superbike Results Kawasaki's Tom Sykes
Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes

In race two, starting from ninth, and not getting away as cleanly as Sykes, Rea had to put in several passes before getting into the slipstream of early leader Davies.

Rea was in second place after four laps, and sat behind Davies for much of the race before deciding to make a final pass into the Variante Alta, on lap 13. Rea put in two fast laps with clear track ahead of him and eventually won by a margin of 4.019 seconds.

Rea has now won half for the races in 2018, but this is the first time has been able to win the second race of any weekend, rather than the first.

In the championship standings, after five of 13 rounds, Rea has 209 points, 47 ahead of Davies. Sykes is in third with 137 points.

The WorldSBK series now breaks for two weeks ahead of Rea’s home race at Donington Park.

2018 Imola World Superbike Results, Race 1

Pos.RiderTime
1Jonathan Rea33’58.989
2Tom Sykes00’03.755
3Marco Melandri00’06.906
4Chaz Davies00’08.191
5Xavi Fores00’15.550
6Michael van der Mark00’00.000
7Michael Ruben Rinaldi00’22.522
8Lorenzo Savadori00’25.772
9Leon Haslam00’30.269
10Alex Lowes00’30.377
11Toprak Razgatlioglu00’30.660
12Eugene Laverty00’34.188
13Loris Baz00’36.494
14Jordi Torres00’36.671
15Leandro Mercado00’38.041

 

2018 Imola World Superbike Results, Race 2

Pos.RiderTime
1Jonathan Rea34’03.420
2Chaz Davies00’04.019
3Tom Sykes00’09.530
4Xavi Fores00’14.159
5Jordi Torres00’15.479
6Alex Lowes00’16.162
7Michael Ruben Rinaldi00’17.197
8Toprak Razgatlioglu00’17.554
9Eugene Laverty00’22.331
10Leandro Mercado00’30.176
11Loris Baz00’30.267
12Román Ramos00’40.061
13Yonny Hernandez00’51.973
14Patrick Jacobsen00’55.268
15Ondrej Jezek01’09.455

 

World Superbike Point Standings (after five of 13 rounds)

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jonathan Rea209
2Chaz Davies162
3Tom Sykes137
4Marco Melandri131
5Xavi Fores124
6Michael van der Mark113
7Alex Lowes92
8Toprak Razgatlioglu58
9Jordi Torres52
10Loris Baz52
11Leon Camier42
12Román Ramos36
13Michael Ruben Rinaldi35
14Lorenzo Savadori32
15Leandro Mercado31
16Eugene Laverty27
17Jake Gagne17
18Patrick Jacobsen15
19Yonny Hernandez10
20Davide Giugliano8
21Leon Haslam7
22Ondrej Jezek3