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Jonathan Rea edges closer to being World Superbike champion

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Saturday, 04, Jul 2015 12:41

by Ellie Pritchard

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Ballyclare's rider Jonathan Rea has secured his 12th victory of the season with a firm win in race one, which has set him up nicely to clinch the WSBK title at Sepang.

Having crashed out during race two, Sykes managed to remount at the back of the field, but after battling with Rea on the last corner, Welshman Chaz Davies just managed to steal his third win in the final four races, whilst Aprilia's Jordi Torres took the final podium spot. Rea is now on 452 points, leaving Sepang with Davies on 308 and Sykes on an unfortunate 295.

Of his current standing, Rea said: "I'm really happy after a good weekend and happy to go into the summer break healthy and looking forward to Jerez.

"With three laps to go in race two my mechanic gave me a bit of a secret signal and I knew if I went then I could catch Chaz.

"Halfway into the last lap I realised it would be possible, and I passed Chaz and went through clean, but he let the brakes off. We did make contact but I do not blame him for that, as I would have done the same," he continued.

"In saying that, I almost crashed at the same time. I have to be happy because we got another win and a second place, which gave us a bagful of points."

Although Rea hasn't won just yet, he sees it as a positive, adding: "Maybe it's a blessing in disguise, as if I had won the championship here, I don't think my wife would have spoken to me for a day or two because she is at home in the Isle of Man."

Rea has had a fantastic season, with a podium run in the first 20 races of this year with the Kawasaki racing team. His hard work has left him only needing ninth place in race one to be the 2015 champion at Jerez.

Meanwhile, New Yorker, PJ Jacobsen, who spends part of his season living and training in Northern Ireland, took his first win in the World Supersport class at Sepang. He won the 600cc battle on his Core Motorsport Honda from Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti, who were both riding MV Augustas.

Kenan Sofuoglu, the world championship leader, finished fourth, which has reduced his lead to just 13 points over Cluzel, leaving Jacobsen a further 15 points behind.

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