Rea and Lowes Shine in Brno

Jonathan Rea took his 60th ca­reer win while Alex Lowes man­aged to emerge vic­to­ri­ous for the first time in his WSBK ca­reer

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Race One

There was a lot of drama at the be­gin­ning of the first race as it was restarted twice be­fore be­ing short­ened to 16 laps. The race fi­nally started with much con­fu­sion; how­ever, the Kawasaki duo of Jonathan rea and Tom Sykes seemed fo­cused as both of them pulled away from the pack fairly quickly. With rea in the lead, Sykes was run­ning in sec­ond, fol­lowed by Marco Me­landri of aruba.it du­cati in third. On lap four, Me­landri over­took Sykes to move up into P2, push­ing the Kawasaki rider to P3. From here, the po­si­tions never changed. rea built a size­able lead to win the first race with a mar­gin of 5.381 sec­onds. it was a spe­cial win for the north­ern ir­ish rider for he was able to en­ter his­tory books by bag­ging his 60th ca­reer win, over­tak­ing carl Fog­a­rty’s record of 59 ca­reer wins. Me­landri even­tu­ally fin­ished sec­ond and Sykes third.

Race Two

The sec­ond race was no fun for the Kawasaki duo as the two rid­ers col­lided, re­sult­ing in Jonathan rea re­tir­ing from the race. Sykes was luck­ier as he sur­vived the crash and con­tin­ued to race; how­ever, he was only able to fin­ish 16th.

Mean­while, at the front it was Pata Yamaha’s alex lowes who dom­i­nated the sec­ond race right from the be­gin­ning. lowes’s team-mate, Michael van der Mark, took the lead on lap one. On lap two, lowes over­took him and moved into the lead. From there lowes con­tin­ued to quicken his pace and pull away. While the two Yamaha rid­ers started to pull away, the fight be­hind them started to heat up. chaz davies of aruba.it started chas­ing van der Mark and his team-mate, Marco Me­landri. By lap five, davies went past Me­landri, who out­braked him­self and ended in the gravel. davies held on to P3 all the way, even­tu­ally grab­bing the fi­nal place on the podium.

alex lowes, who was be­ing chal­lenged by Me­landri in the open­ing stages, also got the ad­van­tage af­ter the ital­ian rider ran wide. lowes even­tu­ally claimed the vic­tory, his first in WSBK. Sec­ond place on the podium went to Michael van der Mark, who crossed the fin­ish line 2.1 sec­onds af­ter lowes.

Yamaha’s Alex Lowes looks quite happy af­ter bag­ging his first win of the sea­son

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