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Rea Doubles Up As KRT Riders Take Another 1-2

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Reigning FIM Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea and 2013 champion Tom Sykes once more came out on top during the Misano race weekend, with Rea and Sykes replicating Saturday‰Ûªs race result of Jonathan first and Tom second, albeit in a different kind of race, Ducati's Davide Giugliano rounded out the podium..

Rea‰Ûªs latest win puts him 66 points ahead of his team-mate in the championship table, with just one more round at Laguna Seca to come before the long summer break begins.

The Kawasaki duo had the field to themselves almost from the start once again after taking a clear 1-2 on Saturday but this time it was Sykes who did the front running. His lead lasted until lap 17, when Rea put in a pass entering the first corner and held the line on the way out of the chicane.

Rea pushed on to create a gap that ended up being 2.963 seconds at the end of the 21-lap contest around the 2.226km circuit on Italy‰Ûªs Adriatic coast. Realising he would not catch his team-mate before the end, Sykes had eased off slightly to make sure of his strong second place finish.
The Kawasaki duo of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea took another 1-2 at Misano
Misano was Rea‰Ûªs seventh win of the year, and the 36th of his career. He remains the fourth most successful WorldSBK rider in history in terms of race wins.

"My pre-race target was achieved so I am super-happy," Rea said, "For many reasons I really wanted to win here and to make it a double is incredible. I love racing here; it is where I had my first career WorldSBK race win.

"Approaching the mid part of the season I had said many times just how important the next two races would be before the summer break, so to make it count this weekend is really good.

"Race two was a little bit of a different strategy. I set off so fast yesterday but today we used the 377 rear tyre and I think that made the difference. I want to say big thanks to Pirelli because they also brought the 375 tyre, the one we used in race one for the first time this weekend - and the 377, which we won race two with. That was the same tyre we used in Donington, so it is working in cooler and hotter conditions, which is big credit to them. Also credit to my crew because compared to race one we changed the bike quite a lot and we were able to conserve our tyre a little bit better.‰Û
after 14th on Saturday's race one, Davide Giugliano carded a solid third on Sunday.
Although Sykes‰Ûª push at the front could not quite be maintained to the end of the race he still scored another 20 valuable points as he and his team-mate moved further away from their other competitors in the championship standings.

"I think today I was not as strong as I intended to be but probably Jonathan also found something extra, because that is how it looked," Sykes said.

"Two times second, and pole position, normally that would be an acceptable weekend so I am grateful for those things, but Jonathan is the one who we are challenging in the championship and we lost some ground. There are still five whole rounds to go, so we have a long time remaining. But my focus is not on that yet. We will test at Misano tomorrow and I hope we have clear conditions because I am very interested to find a solution for something. It is basically about turning and it was very clear in sector one of the track today. We will keep working to improve things because I want to win races.‰Û

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