59. Not a special number for most people but for WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea it is a digit that represents a career zenith of sorts. With his first ‘double’ of 2018 on Sunday at the historic and spectacular circuit of Imola in Italy the Kawasaki man reached the very top of his sport. The 31 year old beat Chaz Davies for his second success of the weekend and thus crested them all in Superbike racing. 59 chequered flags brings the Northern Irishman level with SBK icon Carl Fogarty as the ‘winningest’ of all-time.
“We got it done and it was probably the best race win of the season,” he beamed. “I was not so confident I could win today. In fact, it was Fabien Foret, who kept talking me round. I think I was over-thinking the first lap a lot - and my track position - coming from the outside of row three. I lost places in the first corner but eventually I was able to stick in some passes.