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Jonathan Rea celebrates WSBK victory at Silverstone

Jonathan Rea's last win was in Donington Park Race One in 2012
Jonathan Rea's last win was in Donington Park Race One in 2012
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Monday, 05, Aug 2013 12:20

by Daniel Mackrell

Honda rider Jonathan Rea was celebrating victory in Race one of the WSBK championship at Silverstone this weekend (3 August).

The British rider got the PATA HONDA team their first win of the year, with his last triumph coming in the Donington Park race one in 2012.

The race was reduced by one lap because of a delayed start, and rain started to fall heavily onto the track.

Eugene Laverty had the early lead, but Rea dug deep to eventually overtake, and managed to break ahead of the other riders on lap seven.

Afterwards the 26-year-old said: "I used my head, tried to be smart and didn't make any mistakes. I'm so happy and my team deserves that victory."

Earlier in the week, Rea had spoke about his desire to come back from a disappointing result at the Suzuka eight-hour endurance race with a positive result at Silverstone.

"I was starting to get frustrated with the problems I was having but now I've kept up my record of winning a race in every year of my career," added Rea.

The British rider then followed it up with a fourth place finish in race two, which was won by Kawasaki racer Loris Baz.

As the heavy rainfall showed no signs of diminishing, the race was eventually red flagged on lap 16 of 18 during race two, reducing it to 17 laps.

Rea remains in seventh place overall in the WSBK championship, but his good performances at Silverstone mean he is now only four points away from entering the top five.

After a summer break, the next race will take place at the Nurburgring in Germany on 1 September.

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