Friday 22 September 2017

Reigning World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea increases lead in Sepang

Jonathan Rea finished third in Sepang
Jonathan Rea finished third in Sepang

Reigning World Superbikes champion Jonathan Rea increased his overall lead in this year's standings with a third-place finish in Sunday's race in Sepang.

Northern Ireland's Rea now leads Wales' Chaz Davies by 42 points after the weekend's two races in Malaysia.

Honda star Nicky Hayden claimed his maiden World Superbikes win on Sunday, the rookie American winning out in rain-swept conditions.

Ducati's Davide Giugliano mounted a late charge to steal a second-place finish, but Rae's solid weekend work kept him top of the season's standings.

Rea finished second to Davies' third in race one on Saturday, where Rea's Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes proved victorious.

Rea's profitable weekend comes off the back of signing a two-year contract extension with Kawasaki on Thursday.

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