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Jonathan Rea Back To His Winning Ways In France

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Jonathan Rea (KRT) took the 13th and 14th race wins of his remarkable championship-winning season during the 12th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France.

In doing so he also broke through the 500 points mark, with one round and two races still to go.

After an oil spill on the wet track surface at the end of morning warm-up session the first race start was delayed and cut to 19-laps. The riders had to finally contend with a wet but drying track surface and a nervous first few laps.

The second race at the 4.411km circuit was held in dry but not ideal conditions after the track had to be heavily cleaned following the morning oil spill.

In the first race of the day Rea led for the first two laps, until he got demoted to second for a time by team-mate Sykes. Sykes had been fourth after one lap, having started from ninth place on the grid.

Rea waited until three laps from the end to take the lead again and earn his first ever WorldSBK race win at Magny-Cours. Sykes stuck to his task behind Rea but finally slowed to make sure he would take second place and another 20 championship points, while Honda's Sylvain Guintoli rounded out the podium in race one.
The racing up front was tight early in both races
In the full-distance 21-lap second race, slightly delayed from its original starting time after a red flag in the earlier FIM Supersport World Championship fight, Ducati's Chaz Davies led for nine laps before Rea took control, and won by 2.848 seconds while easing up over the line.

Sykes, looking good for second again, could not pick up the pace at the end as he had used up his tyre in the early laps. He still scored his 13th podium of the season finishing third with Davies holding on to second.

‰ÛÏI am super-happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. It was a double bonus. "Rea commented.

"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 favourite 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.‰Û
Race one podium
Round 12: Race 1 Results
1 Jonathan Rea 36'29.856 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Tom Sykes 4.711 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
3 Sylvain Guintoli 14.683 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
4 Michael van der Mark 22.772 NED HONDA Pata Honda
5 Leon Camier 30.136 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse
6 Chaz Davies 31.528 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
7 Matteo Baiocco 32.129 DUCATI Althea Racing
8 Alex Lowes 39.034 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
9 Leandro Mercado 1'01.396 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
10 Niccolo Canepa 1'07.845 ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
11 Gianluca Vizziello 1'09.622 ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
12 Jordi Torres 1'16.782 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
13 Luca Scassa 1'19.531 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
14 Ayrton Badovini 1'26.459 ITA BMW JR Racing Team
15 Roman Ramos 1'30.260 ESP KAWASAKI Team Go Eleven

Round 12: Race 2 Results
1 Jonathan Rea 34'40.147 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
2 Chaz Davies 2.848 GBR DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
3 Tom Sykes 6.551 GBR KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Teamv 4 Michael van der Mark 10.202 NED HONDA Pata Honda
5 Leon Haslam 12.921 GBR APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
6 Sylvain Guintoli 19.885 FRA HONDA Pata Honda
7 Niccolo Canepa 24.248 ITA KAWASAKI Grillini SBK Team
8 Jordi Torres 27.248 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils
9 Luca Scassa 29.220 ITA DUCATI Aruba.it Racing-Ducati Superbike Team
10 Alex Lowes 32.799 GBR SUZUKI Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
11 Matteo Baiocco 37.183 DUCATI Althea Racing
12 Leandro Mercado 37.347 DUCATI BARNI Racing Team
13 Markus Reiterberger 43.676 GER BMW VanZon Remeha BMW
14 David Salom 45.943 ESP KAWASAKI Team Pedercini
15 Leon Camier 47.982 GBR MV AGUSTA MV Agusta Repart Corse

Championship Standings
1 Jonathan Rea 528 pts
2 Chaz Davies 383 pts
3 Tom Sykes 367 pts
4 Leon Haslam 297 pts
5 Jordi Torres 222 pts
6 Sylvain Guintoli 201 pts
7 Michael van der Mark 170 pts
8 Matteo Baiocco 138 pts
9 Alex Lowes 136 pts
10 Leandro Mercado 125 pts
11 Davide Giugliano 119 pts
12 Ayrton Badovini 92 pts
13 Leon Camier 89 pts
14 Roman Ramos 71 pts
15 David Salom 67 pts

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