REA WELL ON HIS WAY TO THIRD WSB TITLE
Kawasaki star says his latest win was ‘effortless’ after strong showing in America
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