Lausitz WSBK: Rea rebounds with dominant win in shortened wet race
Jonathan Rea recovered from his Race 1 retirement with a crushing victory in the second Lausitzring World Superbike race, which was delayed and shortened due to heavy rain.
With rain falling on track soon before the start, the race was supposed to start 15-minutes later than scheduled but, following the sighting and warm-up laps, lack of visibility caused a red flag.
Another delay of 30 minutes followed before the field rejoined the track for the race, which was shortened by five laps.
Chaz Davies fell behind Tom Sykes off the line and then Rea also passed him, the Northern Irishman working his way up from sixth on the grid.
Rea passed his teammate a couple of corners later with Sykes soon falling and retiring at the braking zone of Turn 10.
After the Briton's crash, Davide Giugliano was the only one managing to keep up with Rea but the Italian also lost control of his bike on Lap 4, suffering a highside crash.
After losing out to the two Kawasakis and Giugliano, yesterday's dominant winner Davies dropped back to the lower parts of the top 10.
Lorenzo Savadori was next to run second but the Italian ended up crashing too, giving fellow Aprilia rider Alex de Angelis the position.
At the front, Rea confidently cruised to the finish with a massive gap.
De Angelis safely completed the race to take his first World Superbike podium as the top finish of his rookie season was seventh previously.
Xavi Fores, who made his MotoGP debut in the championship's previous round, also scored his maiden top 3 finish in WSBK behind the Aprilia rider.
Leon Camier secured fourth followed by Sylvain Guintoli, who passed Davies for the spot.
Reigning British Superbike champion Joshua Brookes also took his best result in seventh with Michael Van der Mark salvaging eighth despite a crash.
Team GoEleven's Roman Ramos and Nicky Hayden, who started third but fell to the back of the order, completed the top 10.
Alongside Giugliano and Savadori six others retired from the race including Althea BMW duo Markus Reiterberger and Jordi Torres.
Anthony West retired from fifth with Yamaha's Alex Lowes also losing out on a potential top 10 finish.
Saeed Al Sulaiti and Dominic Schmitter also failed to finish the race.
Thanks to Sykes' retirement, Rea extended his championship lead to 47 points.
|2||Alex de Angelis||Aprilia||9.396|
|4||Leon Camier||MV Agusta||15.728|
|8||Michael van der Mark||Honda||54.373|
|16||Peter Sebestyen||Yamaha||1 lap|
|Dominic Schmitter||Kawasaki||4 laps|
|Saeed Al Sulaiti||Kawasaki||6 laps|
|Alex Lowes||Yamaha||7 laps|
|Markus Reiterberger||BMW||8 laps|
|Jordi Torres||BMW||10 laps|
|Anthony West||Kawasaki||10 laps|
|Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia||10 laps|
|Davide Giugliano||Ducati||13 laps|
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