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Podiums for Rea at Most
After winning WorldSBK Race One on Saturday at Autodrom Most Jonathan Rea (KRT) put in two more podium rides on Sunday to round off a potentially tough weekend by scoring more points than any other single rider. Alex Lowes (KRT) was seventh in the Superpole race and then 14th in Race Two.
In the first competitive action on Sunday 30 July at the 4.212km long Most circuit the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole race got underway in dry conditions, with Rea launching from the front row. Jonathan set a new all-time record of 400 WorldSBK race starts when he took part in the Superpole race, and lifted his total to 401 after competing in a full-distance Race Two.
Rea raced inside the top three throughout, going past early leader Axel Bassani after eventual race winner Toprak Razgatlioglu had taken the lead for the first time. Rea caught and passed Razgatlioglu into Turn 20 but was himself re-passed quickly afterwards and ended up just over a second behind the winner, finishing ahead of championship leader Alvaro Bautista.
Lowes started the Superpole Race in 12th position and was eventually seventh after a long battle with front row starter Remy Gardner
Race Two proved to be a battle throughout for Rea, who was eventually third behind race winner Bautista and - in the final corner - Danilo Petrucci. Rea had to give ground to the determined Petrucci or risk a fall, which would have undone all the good work he and his team had done from a less than ideal start to the race weekend.
Rea scooped up a trio of podium places at Most, thanks to win, a second and then finally a third place in race Two. He is now third in the championship, 24 points ahead of the next best rider Andrea Locatelli.
On Saturday Rea equalled the record number of FIM World Championship race wins across the various categories with 122 - a total he now shares with the legendary Giacomo Agostini.
Lowes was unlucky to lose too much time in Race Two after another rider collided with him and sent him off the track for a time. He rode at a high pace after regaining the track but had to settle for 14th place. Alex is eighth in the championship after scoring points in each Most race.
A long summer break now begins for the whole WorldSBK paddock, with race action starting again at Magny Cours in France between September 8-10. KRT will have a test at Motorland Aragon before then on August 29-30.