Rea doubles up after another WSBK thriller

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After another drama-laden WorldSBK contest at Phillip Island Jonathan Rea (KRT) secured his second win in two days to leave Australia with a perfect 50 points haul.

The result was in doubt until the last lap, when Chaz Davies pushed too hard attempting to pass Rea into the Honda corner, and he fell from his Racing Ducati at the apex. Davies re-entered but dropped back to finish tenth.

Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike) scored a remarkable second place in a weekend where he showed maturity and speed in both races and qualifying.

After Davies fall, Racing Ducati rider Davide Giugliano timed his last lap pass on Nicky Hayden (Honda WSBK) at the MG hairpin perfectly and held him off over the line to score his first podium of 2016, in third place.

The new Pata Yamaha team and the new WSBK Spec R1 took a fifth place, just 2.439 seconds form the win for Sylvain Guintoli, with early leader Tom Sykes (KRT) dropping back in two steps to go sixth.

A three rider BWM fight determined the places from seventh to ninth, with Jordi Torres and his Althea team-mate Markus Reiterberger going seventh and eighth – local rider Josh Brookes just behind on his Milwaukee BMW.

The top ten was completed by the restarting Davies.

In the championship Rea has a perfect 50 points. Van der Mark has 36 and Giugliano 29.

Gordon Ritchie

By Gordon Ritchie