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22/11/2021 News

Rea ends the season with two wins

MANDALIKA, Indonesia, November 22th  - Although disrupted by heavy rain, the final round of the Superbike World Championship allowed Jonathan Rea to conclude the season with two more wins. The British rider finishes the year in second place overall.

The final round of the Superbike World Championship was held as planned at the brand new Mandalika circuit. Built in Indonesia on the island of Lombok, the track met with unanimous approval. However, the monsoon season weather conditions posed some serious problems for the protagonists. The organisers had to cancel Saturday's race due to heavy rain and then reorganise the weekend's schedule by cancelling the Sprint race so that the two rounds could be held on Sunday. With the fight for the World Championship title between Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea, the latter was deprived of a race to try and close the gap. The Kawasaki rider nevertheless showed that he is not a six-time world champion for nothing. Reduced to twenty laps, after being delayed by a heavy thunderstorm, the first race was dominated by an on form Jonathan Rea. However, with Razgatlioglu crossing the finish line in second place, the British rider's hopes of retaining his title were dashed.

Rea still made it a point of honour to win the last race of the year. A race reduced to twelve laps because of the rain. “It was a great day’s racing," declared the Kawasaki rider who concludes the season in second place. “We had some set-up problems in practice but we managed to solve them to be able to perform well during the races. To win in the dry and then in the wet is a good performance. I am very happy for the team and for the fans in Mandalika who were able to watch a great show despite the conditions. Toprak and Scott were fast, but I had nothing to lose and gave it my all because I wanted to finish the season on a high. We can really say that we have no regrets this year. I rode to the maximum of my ability, with all my heart, in every race. Congratulations to Toprak and his team. They have had an incredible season.” Alex Lowes was not allowed to start the last two rounds of the year due to a shoulder injury. The Briton concludes the season in eighth place overall.

CATEGORY RIDER RACE 1 RACE 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

SUPERBIKE

Jonathan Rea

1st

1st

2nd (551 points)

Alex Lowes

DNS

DNS

8th (213 points)