‘Rea ups the ante again’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - GOR­DON RITCHIE WSB RE­PORTER

Af­ter race one at Don­ing­ton the WSB world had dared to dream that the cham­pi­onship fight was back on. Sykes had moved to within 50 points and Rea had crashed three times.

But it was short-lived op­ti­mism with Johnny Rea get­ting back to his win­ning ways in style with an em­phatic win in race two.

What must be re­ally wor­ry­ing for his ri­vals is that Rea has beaten Davies at his best track – Aragon – and now Sykes at Don­ing­ton. Chaz and Tom must be left won­der­ing what they can do to stop Rea tak­ing an­other ti­tle.

His lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Kawasaki ZX-10RR is made more in his own image than in Sykes’ and he has the abil­ity to ex­tract the huge po­ten­tial of not only this but the set-up of his fac­tory team.

He is so peer­lessly un­flap­pable on the bike that his ri­vals can­not ap­proach his podium con­sis­tency. Even the Don­ing­ton crashes were washed away by a race two charge that saw Rea once again rise to the top.

His ri­vals stum­ble at times, but Rea con­tin­ues to pre­vail even on what was his most dif­fi­cult cir­cuit of the year, and in un­usu­ally dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

He has sim­ply raised the bar once again and un­less his ri­vals can find some­thing in the next round of test­ing at Misano this week – his dom­i­na­tion looks set to con­tinue for some time yet.

‘He has beaten his ri­vals at their favourite tracks’

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