REA WELL ON HIS WAY TO THIRD WSB TI­TLE

Kawasaki star says his lat­est win was ‘ef­fort­less’ af­ter strong show­ing in Amer­ica

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Jonathan Rea’s fight to be­come the first rider to win three back-to-back World Su­per­bike crowns re­ceived a mas­sive boost at La­guna Seca thanks to a strong sec­ond in race one and an ut­terly dom­i­nant win in race two.

His cham­pi­onship lead went from an al­ready im­pres­sive 50 points en­ter­ing the US round to 59 points with Tom Sykes his only re­al­is­tic ti­tle rival.

Even with a whop­ping 250 points up for grabs for any rider who wins all the re­main­ing 10 races, Rea now looks un­stop­pable thanks to his peer­less year-long pace and con­sis­tency.

Beaten by his arch rival Chaz Davies in the open­ing race, Rea and his closeknit Kawasaki squad pulled out all the stops for race two, ad­just­ing the bal­ance to get weight off the front of the bike and re­vert back to an en­gine they used dur­ing Fri­day’s prac­tice ses­sion. And the re­sults were clear to see with vic­tory in a race he de­scribed as ‘ef­fort­less’ he set a new lap record of 1’23.275 and won by 2.887 sec­onds.

“At the end of the race my tyre spun again, like in Misano, and I was won­der­ing what was go­ing to hap­pen,” Rea said af­ter race two. “But even when I started to man­age the race, the gap to Tom still in­creased. It was one of those races that does not hap­pen very of­ten and it was al­most ef­fort­less.”

“I could put my ZX-10RR wher­ever I wanted it to­day and it was re­ally ag­ile and sta­ble at the same time. So I want to thank my whole team for the work they did as it was eas­ier than in race one and a re­ally good way to go into the sum­mer break.”

In the run up to La­guna Seca, Rea had been adamant that he still wasn’t think­ing about the propo­si­tion of win­ning the 2017 WSB crown, but af­ter his dou­ble podium suc­cess he could not deny what seems so ob­vi­ous to race fans around the world.

Rea was in com­plete com­mand of his Ninja af­ter the squad made tweaks for race two Three ti­tles on the bounce looks like a re­al­ity for Rea

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