Rea stays in top three in WSBK
While Alvaro Bautista has made the break at the top of the overall standings, Jonathan Rea remains in the fight with Toprak Razgatlioglu to finish the season in second position. Second in the Superpole and second in the first race of the weekend, after a tough battle with Alex Bassani, the Kawasaki rider looked set to take victory in the sprint race. Unfortunately, a false neutral saw Rea drop from first to third. “I had great pace and a good feeling on the bike," commented the six-time world champion. “Unfortunately, braking into the first corner I couldn't find first gear. I had to widen my trajectory and lost two places. It's annoying because I really thought I could win that race.” With the warmer weather on Sunday afternoon, Rea didn't find the same feeling in Race 2 that he had in the sprint race.
“From the start I had no rear grip. I suffered the whole race. It was like I was the passenger on my own bike. In turn ten I couldn't slow it down.” After losing several positions on the second lap, he managed to climb back from sixth to third place, depriving his teammate a podium finish in the process. In Argentina, Alex Lowes compromised his chances after struggling in qualifying. Only ninth on the grid, the British rider had to make do with sixth place at the finish of Race 1. "It's a shame because I had the pace to be on the podium," he said. The following day Lowes finished the sprint race in fifth place before finishing fourth in Race 2, just behind his team-mate. “It was a solid weekend, my pace was close to that of the top three," he said. “I need to get my qualifying right in Indonesia to go for the podium."