Buriram WSBK: Rea takes dominant win in Race 1

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Buriram WSBK: Rea takes dominant win in Race 1
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Mar 11, 2017, 9:39 AM

Jonathan Rea won the first World Superbike race at Buriram by six seconds, as Chaz Davies finished behind him in second for the third consecutive time this season.

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team
Chaz Davies, Ducati Team

Starting from pole, Rea had a strong getaway to lead off the line, and he never gave up first place during the 20-lap race.

Marco Melandri initially kept up with the Northern Irisham, but soon fell behind and came under pressure from his Ducati teammate Chaz Davies.

Davies managed to take second from Melandri but, by the time he took the place, Rea was out of reach, as the gap was over five seconds.

Melandri was also passed by Sykes on the final lap to settle for fourth and secure pole position for Race 2 on Sunday.

Yamaha duo Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes took fifth and sixth respectively, the former making a move on the latter on Lap 3.

Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) was nearly further 10 seconds behind in seventh but the Irishman ended up retiring on the final lap, handing the position to Jordi Torres (Althea BMW).

MV Augusta rider Leon Camier and the Honda duo of Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl completed the top 10.

Race 1 results

ClaDriverBikeGap
1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki  
2 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 6.279
3 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 8.165
4 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 8.239
5 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 11.384
6 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 14.862
7 spain Jordi Torres  BMW 26.035
8 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 31.755
9 united_states Nicky Hayden  Honda 33.305
10 germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 35.208
11 spain Xavi Forés  Ducati 35.428
12 switzerland Randy Krummenacher  Kawasaki 38.865
13 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 39.869
14 germany Markus Reiterberger  BMW 40.140
15 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 47.407
16 san_marino Alex de Angelis  Kawasaki 57.203
17 italy Riccardo Russo  Yamaha 1 lap
18 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki 1 lap
  ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia  
  italy Ayrton Badovini  Kawasaki  
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Series World Superbike
Event Buriram
Location Chang International Circuit
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author David Gruz
Article type Race report