Thursday 23 November 2017

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea edged out by team-mate in Thailand

Jonathan Rea enjoyed a satisfying weekend in Thailand
Jonathan Rea enjoyed a satisfying weekend in Thailand

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea emerged from Thailand satisfied with a hard-fought win and a narrow defeat.

Rea was edged into second place at the Buriram circuit by Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes on Sunday by 0.19 seconds having claimed Saturday's race one ahead of Sykes by 0.222secs.

Northern Irishman Rea told www.worldsbk.com: "I'm happy to leave here with 45 points. I did everything I could, but when he's riding on point and also defending so well, it was impossible to take the race win today."

Race two proved to be a British clean sweep with Ducati's Chaz Davies finishing third after his fourth place on Saturday.

Rea heads the series standings on 95 points from Sykes on 66.

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