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WSBK USA: Rea dominates at Laguna to strengthen grip on WSBK title

A storming opening lap by Jonathan Rea spurs him on to his ninth WorldSBK win of 2017 as he takes a sizeable advantage into the summer break.

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Submitted by Visordown on Mon, 10/07/2017 - 09:57

WSBK USA: Rea dominates at Laguna to strengthen grip on WSBK title

JONATHAN Rea will take a sizeable 59 point lead into the summer break as victory in the second World Superbike Championship race of the weekend at Laguna Seca saw him move ever closer to a third consecutive title. 

Having been forced to settle for second behind Chaz Davies in race one, Rea turned in a superlative performance on the Kawasaki ZX-10R by following team-mate Tom Sykes as they both hustled their way to the front of the field from their reverse grid positions by the end of the opening lap. 

From here Rea wasted no time in dispatching of Sykes for the lead on the lap two and he wasn't troubled again thereafter, the eventual 2.8secs margin as he backed off across the line to his team-mate betraying an otherwise dominant performance by the Ulsterman. 

Indeed, race one winner Davies might have had the pace to go with Rea but his route through the pack from his grid position would prove more troublesome, the Welshman taking until lap seven to clear Xavi Fores for third positon. 

Though he would go in pursuit of Sykes and close the margin, the former champion had the measure of his countryman to seal Kawasaki's fifth 1-2 of the year and consolidate his second place in the standings. 

Marco Melandri had a mistake early on for spoiling his chances of victory, the Italian fighting back to fourth place but finishing 17secs down on the lead. 

After his bright start, Fores brought the privateer Barni Ducati home in fifth place, ahead of Eugene Laverty, who secured his third top six finish in four races in sixth position, ahead of fellow RSV4 riders Leandro Mercado and Lorenzo Savadori. 

Alex Lowes won out in a tense battle with Yamaha team-mate Michael van der Mark to secure ninth and tenth respectively, while Stefan Bradl ended his weekend with another disappointing finish in 11th for Honda. 

Still, it was a double points' finish for the Red Bull backed team as Jake Gagne notched up a digit in 15th place, behind Roman Ramos, Alex de Angelis and Randy Krummenacher. 

Elsewhere there was disappointment for Althea BMW after Jordi Torres dropped his S1000RR whilst running sixth, his error coming just a lap on from a crash for his team-mate Raffaele de Rosa. Leon Camier was also a casualty, stopping with technical issues. 

2017 World Superbike Riders' Championship (After 16 races of 26)

1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team 341
2 Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 282
3 Chaz Davies Racing Ducati 226
4 Marco Melandri Racing Ducati 189
5 Alex Lowes Pata Yamaha 148
6 Xavi Fores Barni Ducati 132
7 Michael van der Mark Pata Yamaha 129
8 Leon Camier MV Agusta 99
9 Jordi Torres Althea BMW 94
10 Eugene Laverty Milwaukee Aprilia 89
11 Roman Ramos Team Kawasaki Go Eleven 73
12 Leandro Mercado IodaRacing Aprilia 66
13 Stefan Bradl Red Bull Honda 64
14 Lorenzo Savadori Milwaukee Aprilia 63
15 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 46
16 Nicky Hayden Red Bull Honda 40
17 Alex de Angelis Pedercini Kawasaki 32
18 Raffaele De Rosa Althea BMW 30
19 Leon Haslam Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 20
20 Markus Reiterberger Althea BMW 19
21 Ayrton Badovini Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki 14
22 Ondrej Jezek Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki 12
23 Riccardo Russo Guandalini Racing 8
24 Jake Dixon RAF Reserves Kawasaki 7
25 Julian Simon Milwaukee Aprilia 4
26 Josh Brookes ER Motorsport Yamaha 4
27 Jake Gagne Red Bull Honda 2


2017 World Superbike Manufacturers' Championship (After 16 races of 26)

1 Kawasaki   375
2 Ducati   309
3 Yamaha   183
4 BMW   117
5 Aprilia   115
6 MV Agusta   99
7 Honda   81

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