Majestic double for Rea at Imola

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 10 May 2015

Rea took his third double of the season

Jonathan Rea took another majestic double victory in the fifth round of the 2015 Superbike World Championship at Imola to extend his championship lead to a commanding 87 points.

The Northern Irishman stormed to victory in the first race after a red flag saw the battle run over a six-lap dash. Taking the holeshot, Rea and teammate Tom Sykes carried a blistering pace to gap the rest of the field considerably despite the short race. Davide Giugliano took third on his return to action following breaking two vertebrae at the start of the season.

Aprilia’s Leon Haslam finished fourth ahead of PATA Honda’s Sylvain Guintoli and Ayrton Badovini on the BMW.

Rea led race two from start to finish, just able to hold off Sykes who was close but just not close enough. Jordi Torres took his first World Superbike rostrum on the Red Devils Aprilia after Chaz Davies suffered his second mechanical of the day and Leon Haslam crashed out in the closing stages.

Race 1 Result

  1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team
  2. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team
  3. Davide Giugliano – Ducati
  4. Leon Haslam – Red Devils Roma Aprilia
  5. Sylvain Guintoli – PATA Honda
  6. Ayrton Badovini – BMW Italia
  7. Leandro Mercardo – Barni Ducati
  8. Matteo Biaocco – Althea Ducati
  9. Michael van der Mark – PATA Honda
  10. Michel Fabrizio – Althea Ducati 

Race 2 Result 

  1. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team
  2. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki Racing Team
  3. Jordi Torres – Aprilia Racing Team
  4. Davide Giugliano – Ducati
  5. Ayrton Badovini – BMW Italia
  6. Matteo Biaocco – Althea Ducati
  7. Roman Ramos – GoEleven Kawasaki
  8. Leandro Mercado – Barni Ducati
  9. Michel Fabrizio – Althea Ducati
  10. Alex Lowes – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki