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Jonathan Rea at the 2016 World Superbike Fassi French round

Rea keeps the ball rolling after French podium spot

Oct 022016

WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea might have ended the eleventh fixture of thirteen in the 2016 FIM series without a winner’s trophy but his 4-2 results across two races and two days at the Fassi French round at Magny-Cours meant that he eeked his margin at the top of the standings to 48 points with meetings at Jerez, Spain and Losail, Qatar to run this season.

Rea and Kawasaki Racing Teammate Tom Sykes – a consistent podium presence with a 3-3 scorecard in central France – had to watch countryman and factory Ducati representative Chaz Davies own both outings.

“Today second place was the best I could do and I am happy with the way I rode,” said Rea. “It is a 48-point gap now and it is nice to extend the championship lead, if by one point after Lausitzring last time and by another single point here! Championships can be won by a point so every one of them is important. If we can just have a clean end to the season hopefully we can do the job.”


Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes grabbed an eleventh position on Saturday but a fall on Sunday cast him to the rear of the field.


WorldSBK gathers again in the south of Spain and around the kinks of Jerez in a fortnight’s time where Rea could mathematically seal his second consecutive crown and where he started celebrations for his maiden title twelve months earlier.