WSB: Rea makes it four from four with Thai double
Jonathan Rea took a fourth consecutive race victory with a commanding performance in an interrupted second race in Thailand today.
The red flag came out on the fifth lap of the race following an engine blow up for Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori, who was flicked from his RSV4 machine with oil leaking onto the back tyre.
Over four seconds behind the perfect scoring Rea saw a battle between Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri for second, ending once more with Sykes getting the best of his returning WSB rival.
Alex Lowes took fourth for PATA Yamaha ahead of BMW’s Jordi Torres who took an impressive fifth place.
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It was almost a nightmare for Chaz Davies who crashed on lap three of the first running while pursuing team-mate Melandri for the lead, he was dead last when the red flag came out.
The restart proved to be a blessing for the Ducati rider, who was able to fight through from the back of the grid to take a top six finish to limit the points damage to rival Rea.
With several top riders out, including Michael van der Mark and Leon Camier who suffered technical issues, Nicky Hayden took seventh ahead of privateer Ducati Xavi Fores and Roman Ramos.
Markus Reiterberger rounded out the top ten for Althea BMW while Eugene Laverty crashed out of fifth position midway throught he restart.
In the championship Rea has a perfect 100 after his four wins, Davies is second with 70 and Sykes is in third with 62 points. Lowes has 49, in fourth place.