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Jonathan Rea at the 2016 World Superbike Aragon round
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MORE ‘GREEN’ WORLD SBK DOMINATION WITH 1-1 IN THAILAND

Mar 142016

Amazing scenes and racing at the sweltering Chang Circuit in Thailand for round two of fourteen in the 2016 FIM World Superbike Championship as the Kawasaki Racing Team not only ruled the roost once more but served up some gripping entertainment in both races on Saturday and Sunday.  World Champion Jonathan Rea swapped paint with fellow Ninja ZX-10R-mounted teammate Tom Sykes in the dash to the line on the first day of action in Asia to win by the narrowest of margins and the second sprint on Sunday was just as close and even more watchable. Rea hounded Sykes from the first lap and the duo were almost upstaged by the shadowing presence of Ducati’s Chaz Davies in the final circulations. Rea repeatedly tried to seize the advantage; Sykes blocking the line and creating between-your-fingers viewing as centimetres separated the Brits at speeds over 150mph. Eventually Sykes was able to ward off ‘1’ to claim the chequered flag by 0.1 of a second with Davies also in the slipstream.  “The first win of the year for me and I really had to fight for it,” said a sweaty Sykes after his major push and hearty defensive work. “I am happy because Jonathan is at an incredible level in this circuit and we have much such a big step from last year - so I really have to thank all of the boys.”

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