Monday 24 October 2016

Rea extends lead

Published 12/04/2015 | 14:41

Jonathan Rea, right, continued his impressive start to the season in Aragon
Jonathan Rea, right, continued his impressive start to the season in Aragon

Jonathan Rea extended his lead at the top of the World Superbike Championship with a strong display at Aragon on Sunday.

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The 28-year-old secured his third successive win and his fourth of the season by edging out Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati Superbike Team) to secure victory by 0.051 seconds after a thrilling final lap in the first race.

Davies appeared to have claimed the win when he overtook Rea in the dying moments, only to see the Northern Irishman retake the lead on the final corner and seal a dramatic win.

Rea's Kawasaki teammate, Tom Sykes, had to settle for the final podium place despite making an impressive start and leading for the early stages of the race, while Leon Haslam (Aprillia Racing Team - Red Devils) finished fourth.

Rea, who equalled his record number of wins in the season despite suffering from illness, was forced to settle for second in race two as roles were reversed and Davies secured victory after a dominating performance.

However Rea extended his lead to 26 points at the top of the leaderboard, although his nearest rival Haslam picked up points with a third-placed finish having been pipped to the line by half a second.

Alex Lowes suffered a disappointing morning for Suzuki. The 24-year-old was forced to retire in the first race and had to settle for 14th in the second after being run off track in the early stages before recovering.

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