WSBK – Rea shines in Italy as he takes Race Two victory at Imola

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    In taking his first double race win of the season at Imola Jonny Rea made WSBK history by equalling the all-time record of 59 career race wins.

    The Ulsterman now shares that honour with WSBK royalty Carl Fogarty.

    After a masterful race one win for Rea from pole position on Saturday, Sunday’s 19-lap race delivered a victory of a different kind. Starting from ninth, and not getting away as cleanly, Rea had to put in several passes before getting into the slipstream of early leader Chaz 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 then put in two blistering laps with a clear track ahead of him and eventually won by a margin of 4.019 seconds.

    He 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.

    He now has the chance to become the stand-alone record holder for race wins at the next round, at his home circuit of Donington.

    Rea said: “We got it done and it was probably the best race win of the season. Coming from ninth on the grid, it was so difficult. I was not so confident I could win today. In fact, it was Fabien Foret, who kept talking me round.

    "I think I was over-thinking the first lap a lot – and my track position – coming from the outside of row three. I lost places in the first corner but eventually I was able to stick in some passes.

    "I wasted no time so when I arrived with Chaz I was able to relax a little bit behind him and understand where I could pass him. I tried two or three times, but he was determined to come back. The final time I made it through, into the Variante Alta, it was time to put my head down, set two clean laps and make a gap.

    "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.”

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