Rea: It’s been an incredible weekend

Rea not only cruised to victory, but also extended his lead atop the World Superbike standings to 87 points, having  secured 240 out of a possible 250 points this season. 

"It has been incredible this weekend and I do not know what to say because this kind of run has never happened to me before," Rea said after the race. "I am just enjoying the moment. 

"The key to the weekend was working hard with Pere and Paolo on Friday and Saturday to make sure we had a package we could fight with."

After falling behind team-mate Tom Sykes in the first race, Rea admitted that he was concerned about his pace initially. 

However, he revealed that was glad to have recovered and triumphed in both races to continue his magical run this season, in which he has not finished lower than second. 

Rea also took the opportunity to dedicate his double win in Imola to Kawasaki Superbike rider Joan Lascorz, who became paralysed after being involved in a serious crash at the Italian circuit in 2012. 

"I was honestly a little bit worried about the six lap first race because we were not really set up to be so strong in the beginning of the race but we were able to win," he said. "In race two I watched the gap behind and Arturo was giving me great signals from pit lane. When the gap got to one second I thought 'keep going and no mistakes'."