Rea: I’ll finish the job at Jerez

After missing out on his first World Superbike title by one position at Sepang on Sunday, Jonathan Rea believes he will be able to finish the job at Jerez.

Having claimed the victory in Race 1 in Malaysia with a last lap overtake on Chaz Davies, Rea went into Race 2 needing the win to secure his first WSBK title.

The Kawasaki rider made a brilliant start to move up to second but was lacking in the pace needed to challenge Davies.

However, as the laps counted down, Rea had the better tyres and was able to launch a late attack.

He briefly took the lead only for Davies to come back up the inside with the duo trading paint. Coming out the last corner almost together, Davies won the race to the line and Rea was left on the verge of glory.

"The bike was really easy to ride," said the Kawasaki rider. "I kept my pace and my rhythm and I knew the gap was coming down but Chaz just pushed me out."

Rea now leads the championship with 452 points, 144 ahead of Davies with Tom Sykes 13 points further back.

Rea added: "I can go into the summer break relaxed and hopefully I'll finish the job off at Jerez in September."