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24/08/2021 News

Three podiums for Rea

Jonathan Rea didn't manage to add a win to his tally, but his second weekend in Spain nevertheless saw him take three more podiums.

At the halfway point of the season, Jonathan Rea finds himself in a three-way battle for the world title with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding. Now tied on points with the Turkish rider, the six-times reigning world champion managed the first WSBK race to be held at the Navarra circuit to perfection. The British rider won the SuperPole on Saturday, the 34th of his career and then took two second places before finishing his Spanish weekend on the third step of the podium. In Race 1, Rea led for the first five laps before letting Redding through. “This track is quite bumpy and I scared myself a few times losing the front end," admitted the Kawasaki rider. “That's what caused me to lose contact with Scott.” The following day Rea completed the ten-lap sprint race neck and neck with Redding, only losing out to his compatriot in the final metres. A little later he was third in Race 2, finishing 2.6 seconds behind Redding and 3.7 seconds behind Razgatlioglu. 

“I was able to stay with them for a dozen or so laps and then at the end of the race I started to suffer with my front tyre," said the Kawasaki rider. “With Toprak being so fast I preferred to make sure of my place on the podium rather than risk a crash by trying to stay in contact. It was hotter on Sunday afternoon and that caused us some problems.” Although he has slipped to second place in the overall standings, the six-time world champion remains equal on points with the new Turkish leader. Alex Lowes failed to finish on the podium but was fifth in both race 1 and the sprint race before finishing sixth in race 2. “I was only seventh on the grid so I suffered in the races because it's quite difficult to overtake on this track," commented the Brit. “In race 1 I found myself very quickly riding on my own and unable to catch up with the lead group. The heat gave me problems with the front tyre and I also had a small collision with Sykes in the last race.” Lowes nevertheless remains fourth overall.



Jonathan Rea




2nd (311 points)

Alex Lowes




4th (169 points)