Rea: My pre-race target was achieved

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea said he was ecstatic at having won both races at the past weekend’s World Superbike Championship at Misano.

Rea finished 0.090 seconds ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes in Sunday’s Race two after clinching victory in Race One on Saturday.

Then 29-year-old is dominating in the WSBK rider standings with 293 points from eight events and is 66 points ahead of Sykes in second place.

In an interview after Sunday’s win, Rea said he was happy to have achieved his pre-race target of getting double wins at Misano.

“My pre-race target was achieved so I am super-happy. For many reasons I really wanted to win here and to make it a double is incredible,” said Rea.

“I love racing here; it is where I had my first career World Superbike race win. Approaching the mid part of the season I had said many times just how important the next two races would be before the summer break, so to make it count this weekend is really good.

“Race two was a little bit of a different strategy. I set off so fast yesterday but today we used the 377 rear tyre and I think that made the difference. I want to say big thanks to Pirelli because they also brought the 375 tyre, the one we used in race one for the first time this weekend – and the 377, which we won race two with.

“That was the same tyre we used in Donington, so it is working in cooler and hotter conditions, which is a big credit to them,” added reigning world champion Rea.

“Also credit to my crew because compared to race one we changed the bike quite a lot and we were able to conserve our tyre a little bit better.”