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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Jonathan Rea makes a flying start to new World Superbike Championship season

Jonathan Rea made a successful start to this year's World Superbike Championship in Australia
Jonathan Rea made a successful start to this year's World Superbike Championship in Australia

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea made a successful start to the new World Superbike Championship season in Australia.

The 29-year-old Kawasaki rider followed up his victory in race one at Phillip Island with another in the second, becoming the first racer to do the double at the venue since Carlos Checa in 2011.

Holland's Michael van der Mark was second on a Honda, less than a second behind, with Italy's Davide Giugliano third on a Ducati.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) was sixth and fellow Briton Chaz Davies (Ducati) also claimed a top-10 placing.

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