Donington WSBK: Rea wins incident-filled Race 2

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Donington WSBK: Rea wins incident-filled Race 2
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May 28, 2017, 2:52 PM

Jonathan Rea ended Tom Sykes' nine-race victory streak at Donington Park after winning the Sunday World Superbike race on his home track.

Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing, Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing
Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team, Jordi Torres, Althea Racing
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing passes Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing passes Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing

Thanks to a crash caused by a tyre failure while running second in the Saturday race, Kawasaki rider Rea had to start from 10th on the grid.

However, the Northern Irishman made a rapid recovery as he took the lead by the end of Lap 2, and quickly pulled away from Yamaha's Michael van der Mark.

The Dutchman was soon demoted by Sykes, the Kawasaki duo then rapidly pulling away from the rest of the field.

Sykes consistently closed the gap to Rea throughout the race, but the latter still had an advantage of a second at the finish, ending his teammate's dominant streak at the track.

A further 11 seconds behind, van der Mark lost the final podium position on the penultimate lap to Chaz Davies, who dropped down to order after running off track to avoid a collision between Leon Haslam (Puccetti Kawasaki) and Leandro Mercado (Ioda Aprilia).

Van der Mark was followed home by his Yamaha teammate Alex Lowes and MV Agusta rider Leon Camier.

Spanish duo Xavi Fores (Barni Ducati) and Roman Ramos (Kawasaki Go Eleven) finished seventh and eighth respectively, ahead of local guest rider Jake Dixon and Raffaele de Rosa, who took his first top 10 finish since he replaced Markus Reiterberger at Althea BMW two rounds ago.

The race had several notable retirements, such as guest rider and Saturday podium finisher Haslam, who fell after his contact with Mercado.

Mercado later crashed on his own from sixth, while Marco Melandri's bike slowed while running fourth.

Milwaukee Aprilia riders Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori, as well as Althea BMW's Jordi Torres, also crashed out of the top 10.

Race 2 results

ClaDriverBikeTime/Gap
1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 33'53.138
2 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 1.601
3 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 12.200
4 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 12.984
5 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 18.953
6 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 23.971
7 spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 29.892
8 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 44.742
9 united_kingdom Jake Dixon  Kawasaki 50.622
10 italy Raffaele De Rosa  BMW 51.749
11 germany Stefan Bradl  Honda 59.459
12 italy Riccardo Russo  Yamaha 1'12.794
13 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki 1'22.719
14 italy Ayrton Badovini  Kawasaki 5 laps
  italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 8 laps
  argentina Leandro Mercado  Aprilia 15 laps
  italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 15 laps
  spain Jordi Torres  BMW 18 laps
  ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 20 laps
  san_marino Alex de Angelis  Kawasaki 21 laps
  united_kingdom Leon Haslam  Kawasaki 22 laps
  switzerland Randy Krummenacher  Kawasaki 23 laps
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Series World Superbike
Event Donington Park
Location Donington Park
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author David Gruz
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