Rea’s phenomenal raceday performance means he has scored eight wins from ten starts in the World Superbike Championship this year and he now enjoys a huge championship points advantage of 87 points over his nearest challenger.
For Sykes, two second places were his best results of the season, placing him in third on the championship leaderboard. He is now only 25 points from second place rider Leon Haslam.
The first race was shaping up to be a fight between the top Kawasaki riders until it was red flagged due to a crash involving David Salom (Team Pedercini). The championship rules demanded a restart, which was only six laps long, but counted for full points. Rea and Sykes continued to dispute the lead in this race. Rea passed Sykes after a lap record on lap 2, only for Sykes to respond with an even faster lap. Rea went on to win by 0.482 seconds.
In race two, with marginally warmer track temperatures, again the KRT riders proved the fastest racing over the weekend. Rea eased away from Sykes in the later stages of the full 19-lap race to make it a double success for himself. With Sykes second again it was a double 1-2 for the KRT squad.
In the championship standings Rea has an almost perfect 240 points, Haslam is second with 153 and Sykes is now third on 128.
JONATHAN REA: “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. I am just enjoying the moment. The key to the weekend was working hard with Pere and Paolo Friday and Saturday to make sure we had a package we could fight with. 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. In race two I watched the gap behind and Arturo was giving me great signals from pitlane. When the gap got to one second I thought ‘keep going and no mistakes’.”
TOM SYKES: “We made some improvements at this round and I am very happy. Jonathan rode a strong race in race two and we had a big gap to the guys behind. In the end I just had to accept that this was our limit today. Jonathan was really strong in some areas and could take an advantage, then I would take some back, but finally it was his day today. The good thing is we have improved from previous events, and from last year, so I think we are heading in the right direction. Still there are some minor things to change but on the whole we have addressed some of our limitations and in Donington at the next round we will keep working. We improved some small things this weekend but small things at this level make an incredible difference. To take the wins would have been better, but I am happy.”
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes head to their home track at Donington Park in two weeks time for round 6 of the 2015 World Superbike Championship.
Superbike (1000cc) leader board after round 5:
The 17 lap World Supersport race held at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari was won by Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) after another intriguing dual between the Turkish rider and one of his closest rivals Jules Cluzel on the final lap.
The pair smashed the lap record repeatedly as they pulled away from the chasing pack with Sofuoglu eventually taking the win, the 30thof his WSS career and the 3rd in a row in 2015.
Supersport (600cc) leader board after round 5:
|3.||J. CLUZEL||MV AGUSTA||65|
|4.||L. ZANETTI||MV AGUSTA||57|
Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu remains unbeaten after the Italian round of the Superstock 600cc Championship.
After a race long dual, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) shot past wildcard entry Roberto Mercandelli (Roberto Mercandelli Team) to victory by 4 seconds at the conclusion of an epic 12 lap encounter.
The Turk extends his lead in the series after a victory in every race of the year and setting a new lap record in the round. In the championship, Razgatlioglu now holds a commanding 55 point advantage over his nearest rival meaning he could potentially wrap up the title at the next round in Portimao on 6thJune.
Superstock (600cc) leaderboard after round 4: