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Race One

At Imola it turned out to be a pic­ture-per­fect race for Jonathan Rea who went on to win it in style. As the lights went out, Rea was in charge of the race as he took the lead, build­ing a size­able gap be­tween him and the chas­ing pack. He fur­ther upped the game by set­ting the fastest lap of the race on lap two, fur­ther strength­en­ing his lead in the race. From there the de­fend­ing cham­pion never looked back. He went on to win the race at Imola, his first win at this Ital­ian cir­cuit since 2015, with a mar­gin of 3.75 sec­onds over Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki duo took one– two on the podium with the fi­nal po­si­tion go­ing to Du­cati’s Marco Me­landri who was fur­ther three sec­onds be­hind Sykes. Fourth and fifth places went to Du­cati riders as Chaz Davies came home in fourth on his Du­cati Pani­gale R and Xavi Forés of Barni Rac­ing Team astride his Pani­gale R in fifth.

Race Two

The sec­ond event of the week­end saw Rea equal his WSBK ca­reer win record with that of the leg­endary cham­pion, Carl Fog­a­rty. Un­like race one, Rea had to fight his way up the or­der to win this race. As the lights went out, Rea was caught be­hind five riders, all of whom were fight­ing for the lead. How­ever, by lap four, Rea over­took three riders to sit be­hind race leader Davies. This is where things be­came ex­cit­ing as the two en­gaged in a nine-lap tus­sle, with Rea try­ing his best to over­take Davies. On lap 13, he saw the op­por­tu­nity and rel­e­gated Davies to P2 as he took the lead and con­tin­ued to fur­ther quicken his pace. On the fol­low­ing lap, Rea again put in the fastest lap of the race, fur­ther ex­tend­ing his lead. From there, the Kawasaki rider con­tin­ued to pull away from the Du­cati man, even­tu­ally win­ning the race. Davies fin­ished sec­ond with Sykes tak­ing the fi­nal place on athe podium after a last-minute bat­tle with Xavi Forés.

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