Rea On Cloud Nine At Misano.
Jonathan Rea secured his ninth race win of the season today at Misano, in round nine of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship. The reigning three time world champion led the race from start to finish to take his 63rdcareer win. Chaz Davies (Ducati) came home in second place with Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) finishing third.
Rea was the dominant rider in the first race of the Misano weekend, after he made a perfect start and got clear of his opposition by over 0.3 seconds on lap one. His latest win was the 119th individual race victory for Kawasaki in WorldSBK, drawing the Akashi manufacturer into equal second place in the all-time rankings.
Rea’s latest success has seen him take more than 50% of the races on offer so far this season, with one more Misano race still to come before the summer break begins.
The second Misano race of the weekend will take place on Sunday the 8thof July, at 13.00 local time.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “We had good pace all weekend and the idea was to try and make a holeshot and then set my rhythm. I got a good start and I was able to put my bike in a good position in turn one and then make my rhythm from there. It was kind of a textbook race and in the first three laps with the bigger profile tyres, especially the rear tyre, it just kind of takes a few laps to find its rhythm. Once I found that I was able to increase the gap lap-after-lap. That made the last seven laps more stress free. My bike was quite balanced all the way through and I did not feel I was riding over the limit at all.”