Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 01 Aug 2015
Jonathan Rea could lay his hands on the 2015 World Superbike crown this weekend in Malaysia if he can outscore teammate Tom Sykes by 25 points.
Had it not been for a ‘bad’ weekend last time out at Laguna Seca, Rea would have been almost certain to take the title this weekend but two third places saw him lose enough points to Sykes to make things more interesting.
Now the Ulsterman needs 25 more points than the Yorkshireman across tomorrow’s two races to take the title with three rounds spare. Rea needs to leave Sepang with a 150 point lead if he’s to be crowned champion.
The only way Rea can win the title in the first race is to take the win with Sykes failing to score. The likelihood of this happening is low, especially with Sykes starting from pole and Rea back on the third row.
Any hope of Rea taking the title in Sepang will be over should Sykes beat him in the first race, even by a single point.
If Rea wins both races, Sykes needs to finish within 25 points of his teammate across the two races. A double for Rea and two fifth places for Sykes would be enough to see Rea take his first world title.
It is more of a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ Rea will win the title, but with the way things are going its now looking likely that it’ll be after the summer break in Jerez.