Jonathan Rea has taken another dominant double in 2017 with two wins in Jerez as he eased clear of the chasing Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies.
The triple World Superbike champion claimed his maiden race win at Jerez on Saturday and produced another classic fight through the field on the reversed grid to lead by lap two.
While his main race rivals struggled to get through the field, most notably Marco Melandri clashing with Michael van der Mark, Rea was able to put down a blitzing race pace to pull out a useful lead before controlling the gap at the front for a 14th victory of the year. Rea’s win also secures Kawasaki the manufacturers’ world title with one round to spare.
For the second time this weekend the World Superbike race was red flagged on the first lap as Davies clashed with Eugene Laverty at turn two while further back Dominic Schmitter also fell.
Fortunately for Davies he was able to return to the pits and make the restart and made good progress into second place before eventually being reeled in by his factory Ducati team-mate Melandri who pinched the runner-up spot at turn one on the penultimate lap.
Melandri looked to have the pace to take on Rea, having led race one only for a technical issue to halt his charge, but his struggles getting through the pack forced him to settle for second place.
Behind the podium trio Alex Lowes grabbed fourth place for Pata Yamaha ahead of Tom Sykes, who is now tied on points with Davies for second place in the riders’ championship, as van der Mark finished sixth.
Xavi Fores won the battle of the privateer teams with seventh place for Barni Ducati ahead of Sylvain Guintoli on the Puccetti Kawasaki on his World Superbike comeback. Leandro Mercado (IodaRacing Aprilia) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW) completed the top ten finishers.
Full Jerez race two World Superbike results:
1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 19 laps
2. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R +2.732s
3. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R +3.974s
4. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 +4.624s
5. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR +6.454s
6. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 +10.120s
7. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati Panigale R +15.594s
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10RR +15.902s
9. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 +16.396s
10. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW S1000RR +19.129s
11. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR +19.673s
12. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR +20.353s
13. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW S1000RR +34.169s
14. Alessandro Andreozzi ITA Guandalini Yamaha YZF-R1 +38.627s
15. Takumi Takahashi JPN Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +45.421s
16. Riccardo Russo ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10RR +45.469s
17. Davide Giugliano ITA Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR SP2 +1 lap
18. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 +2 laps
Did not finish
Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR
Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4
Did not start
Dominic Schmitter SUI 81 HPC-Power Suzuki GSX-R1000
Ruled out by injury
Ayrton Badovini ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10RR