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Jonathan Rea at the 2017 World Superbike Pirelli Aragon Round

Rea rolls to more WorldSBK glory in Aragon

Apr 022017

Change the time zone, drop the temperatures, throw in some more dips, drops and climbs…but the 2017 WorldSBK FIM World Championship still remains in the jaws of veritable ‘king of the jungle’ Jonathan Rea. The reigning number one was the star of two spectacular races at Motorland Aragon this weekend and continued an emphatic run that began in Australia, stretched into Thailand and now stays strong as the series traverses through Europe. Rea won the first race and finished a close second to Chaz Davies after an epic last lap on Sunday in Spain.

With a lead of 50 points already at the top of the standings after three fixtures of thirteen on the calendar and a record that reads 1-1-1-1-1-2 Rea is cranking up the pressure on his rivals by extending his impeccable level of performance and competitiveness.  

“I did the strongest race I could do and I learned a lot,” said Rea, who had also been suffered with illness. “I don't know how we can manufacture some acceleration out of the chicane and onto the back straight because I was getting annihilated; all I could do was ride shotgun [to Davies] and put as much pressure on as I could and wait for a mistake; that is the only way the door opened up a few times because he missed a few apexes. It was a perfect opportunity to win another race because a last lap battle with him would have been so tough.”


“It is a crash-gifted win and I will take it,” he added. “I also want to dedicate it: this is for my mechanic Ori whose grandfather, Josep, has just died; we spoke a lot before the race and I said I wanted to try and win for him and his family.” 

“I’m really happy because I was not feeling good this weekend with my health – I was OK on the bike and it was working really good – but I did not have a lot of energy and today was worse than yesterday,” he said after the podium ceremony. “I had a really good fight and this is historically the strongest track for Chaz and Ducati, so I am really happy to come away with 45 points. Last year we were second and third but we were miles away. This time we race right until the end with Chaz.”