Jerez WSBK: Rea equals Bayliss with 14th win of 2017

Three-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea took his 14th victory of the season in emphatic style in Sunday's second race at Jerez.

An incident involving Chaz Davies and Eugene Laverty at Turn 2 on the opening tour brought out an early red flag, with the race distance being reduced to 19 laps.

Rea had moved up from ninth on the grid to fourth by the end of the first lap of the original start when it was stopped, and his progress in the second start was even swifter, as he was up to second by the final corner of the opening lap.

He technically crossed the start/finish line in the lead ahead of Michael van der Mark, but couldn't clear the Dutch rider in earnest until midway round the second lap.

From that point, there was no stopping Rea, who raced to a one-second lead within two laps and ended up 2.7s clear of the opposition at the finish to clinch the 52nd WSBK win of his career.

It moves him level with Troy Bayliss, with only Carl Fogarty (59) still ahead in the all-time winners' list, and also wrapped up the manufacturers' title for Kawasaki.

While Rea's win was never in doubt from lap 2 onwards, the battle for second was more intriguing, as van der Mark headed a train comprising the two works Ducatis, Yamaha teammate Alex Lowes and the second Kawasaki of Tom Sykes in the early stages.

Marco Melandri was the man with the pace, but his progress was slowed by him running wide on several occasions while trying to attack van der Mark.

That allowed Ducati teammate Davies into second place, with Melandri taking until lap 10 to finally clear van der Mark's Yamaha.

Melandri then soon caught up with teammate Davies, finally making his move at the first corner at the start of the penultimate lap.

Soon after dropping behind Melandri, van der Mark ran wide, dropping him behind teammate Lowes, while another error by the Dutchman the following lap saw him drop behind Sykes into sixth.

A fierce battle for seventh was won by Xavi Fores (Barni Ducati) ahead of Puccetti Kawasaki stand-in Sylvain Guintoli and Leandro Mercado (Ioda Aprilia). Jordi Torres (Althea BMW) completed the top 10.

Race results:

Pos.#RiderBikeGap
1 1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 32'09.319
2 33 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 2.732
3 7 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 3.974
4 22 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 4.624
5 66 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 6.454
6 60 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 10.120
7 12 spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 15.594
8 05 france Sylvain Guintoli  Kawasaki 15.902
9 36 argentina Leandro Mercado  Aprilia 16.396
10 81 spain Jordi Torres  BMW 19.129
11 40 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 19.673
12 2 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 20.353
13 35 italy Raffaele De Rosa  BMW 34.169
14 121 italy Alessandro Andreozzi  Yamaha 38.627
15 72 japan Takumi Takahashi  Honda 45.421
16 84 italy Riccardo Russo  Yamaha 45.469
17 34 italy Davide Giugliano  Honda 1 lap
18 32 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 2 laps
Ret 37 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki 6 laps
Ret  50 ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 9 laps
Ret  99 switzerland Dominic Schmitter  Suzuki 19 laps
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Series World Superbike
Event Jerez
Track Circuito de Jerez
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Article type Race report