Rea makes it two from Thai

Jonathan Rea recorded a perfect weekend in Thailand as he clinched pole, the victory in both Sunday races, fastest lap and the Championship lead.

Race 2 got underway in much the same fashion as the day's earlier event as Rea stormed away from the chasing pack. His lead was over two seconds by the end of lap four, comfortably ahead of Alex Lowes, who moved up to second place by barging past Leon Haslam, giving the Aprilia rider a bit of a shove in the process.

Chaz Davies was running in fourth place when he crashed on lap 4. He picked his bike up from the gravel and with a bit of help from the marshals got going again. He rejoined down in 23rd place, the final runner still in the race and would go on to finish P15.

Back at the front it was another British domination as Rea led Lowes, who in turn was ahead of Haslam. Haslam took second off Lowes as he decided it was his turn to try chase down Rea. The trio continued lapping in that same order as the races entered the second half with Rea continuing, tenth by tenth, to keep the chasing Brits at bay.

None, though, were able to make any inroads and they finished in that order with Rea taking the victory by 4.946 seconds ahead of Haslam. Lowes completed the podium, the fourth all-British top-three in four races.

Sykes was unable to follow his compatriots home, passed by Jordi Torres on lap 18 of the 20-lap race. Unlike in Race 1, Torres did not settle for following the Kawasaki rider home and powered by him down the straight to take fourth.

Michael van der Mark crossed the line in sixth, robbing his team-mate Sylvain Guintoli on the final lap. However, an investigation immediately after the race saw van der Mark docked one position due to "illegal manoeuvre" on Guintoli and he therefore had to hand sixth place back to his team-mate while he officially finished P7.

It was a great result for Guintoli whose race got off to a miserable start as an issue with his Pata Honda meant he was not able to take his place on the grid for the formation lap and therefore had to start from the very back of the field. He was P12 by the end of lap 1 and finished sixth.

Matteo Biaocco was eighth ahead of David Salom and Leandro Mercado.

As with Race 1 there were several retirements in the afternoon's event.

Christophe Ponsson was the first rider out, failing to complete even the first lap of the 20-lap race, while Randy de Puniet ran off the track at Turn 5 on lap 6 and slapped his Suzuki, indicating it was a problem with his GSX-R1000. Leon Camier added his name to the list as did Santiago Barragan.

Result
1 REA Jonathan Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 HASLAM Leon Aprilia RSV4 RF 4.946
3 LOWES Alex Suzuki GSX-R100 8.701
4 TORRES Jordi Aprilia RSV4 RF 10.628
5 SYKES Tom Kawasaki ZX-10R 14.326
6 GUINTOLI Sylvain Honda CBR1000RR SP 21.060
7 VD MARK Michael Honda CBR1000RR SP 21.246
8 BAIOCCO Matteo Ducati Panigale R 23.868
9 SALOM David Kawasaki ZX-10R 25.744
10 MERCADO Leandro Ducati Panigale R 29.692
11 BAYLISS Troy Ducati Panigale R 34.533
12 TEROL Nicolas Ducati Panigale R 38.323
13 BARRIER Sylvain BMW S1000 RR 45.834
14 RAMOS Román Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.955
15 DAVIES Chaz Ducati Panigale R 60.898
16 GILDENHUYS Greg Kawasaki ZX-10R 83.943
17 NAKCHAROENSRI Anucha Honda CBR1000RR 98.125
18 TOTH Imre BMW S1000 RR 1 LAP
19 SIKORA Ireneusz BMW S1000 RR 1 LAP
20 CHUMJAI Chanon BMW S1000 RR 1 LAP
RT BARRAGÁN Santiago Kawasaki ZX-10R 7 LAPS
RT CAMIER Leon MV Agusta 1000 F4 10 LAPS
RT DE PUNIET Randy Suzuki GSX-R1000 15 LAPS
RT PONSSON Christophe Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 LAPS

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