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.
— Jonathan Rea (@jonathanrea) June 19, 2016
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.”