BSB: Rea takes maiden win in front of home crowd

20-year-old Honda star takes first BSB victory

Johnny Rea...winning in front of home crowd

HM PLANT'S Johnny Rea, the likeable character from Ballyclare, secured his maiden victory at Mondello Park earlier today.

The Irishman won the second race in front of his home crowd from Shakey Byrne by a comfortable 2.3 seconds.

Leon Haslam took the opening race aboard his Airwaves Ducati. Rea only managed to secure 4th place, which according to the Honda HM Plant rider was down to a poor tyre choice:

"To win here is just awesome. It's so important to me. My tyre didn't work in the first race, so Michelin gave me another I'd not used before and it worked unbelievably well.

"I want to thank everyone who has believed in me over the years," enthused Rea, who's making his MotoGP debut at Donington Park later this week.

Rizla Suzuki's Cal Crutchlow crashed out of race two, destroying the bike, but escaped unhurt.

Race One results

1st Leon Haslam (Ducati) 30m02.146s

2nd Shane Byrne (Honda) +0.158s

3rd Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +3.491s

4th Jonathan Rea (Honda) +9.793s

5th Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +14.786s

6th Karl Harris (Honda) +18.354s

7th Leon Camier (Honda) +18.443s

8th Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +18.685s

9th Chris Walker (Suzuki) +25.572s

10th Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +44.003s.

Race Two results

1st Jonathan Rea (Honda) 30m14.164s

2st Shane Bynre (Honda) +2.344s

3rd Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +2.460s

4th Leon Haslam (Ducati) +3.231s

5th Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +8.121s

6th Leon Camier (Honda) +13.898s

7th Tom Sykes (Honda) +14.354s

8th Karl Harris (Honda) +21.447s

9th Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +23.490s

10th Scott Smart (Kawasaki) +38.995s.

Championship standings

1st Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 212pts

2nd Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 211pts

3rd Jonathan Rea (Honda) 187pts

4th Leon Haslam (Ducati) 169pts

5th Leon Camier (Honda) 136pts

6th Shane Byrne (Honda) 127pts

7th Tom Sykes (Honda) 115pts

8th Chris Walker (Suzuki) 83pts

= Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 83pts

10th Karl Harris (Honda) 65pts

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