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27/09/2021 News

Another podium for Rea

JEREZ, Spain, September 27 - Overshadowed by the tragic death of Dean Berta Viñales, the Jerez weekend was shortened to two races for the Superbike riders. Jonathan Rea climbed onto the podium for the first race before finishing fifth in the second.

A heavy rainstorm was falling on the Jerez circuit on Saturday afternoon when Dean Berta Viñales tragically lost his life in a mass crash that brought the Supersport 300 race to a halt. As a result of this tragedy, the organisers decided to cancel Saturday's programme and to revise that of Sunday's accordingly. The Superbike Sprint race was cancelled and the first race was rescheduled for Sunday morning. Jonathan Rea was in the spotlight as he battled with Toprak Razgatlioglu from start to finish for the win. The Kawasaki rider was leading for much of the race, but finally had to concede first place to his Turkish rival just before the finish line. Lacking grip in the second round, Rea had to settle for fifth place in the last race of the weekend.

He is now second overall, ten points behind the leader. “We expected a difficult weekend," commented the six-time world champion. “I didn't even think I would go so well in the first race. Unfortunately, as in Barcelona, with the higher temperatures in the afternoon, I was handicapped in the second race by a bike that I had difficulty stopping and that didn't want to turn.” Lowes, who suffered a hand injury in Barcelona, fought back to finish the first race in ninth place. Unfortunately, the Briton had to throw in the towel before the start of the second race. "The pain was just too great to ride".

CATEGORY RIDER RACE 1 RACE 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

SUPERBIKE

Jonathan Rea

2nd

6th

2nd (429 points)

Alex Lowes

9th

DNS

6th (199 points)