Qatar WSBK: Rea takes dominant 15th win of 2017

Jonathan Rea added a 15th World Superbike victory to his 2017 tally after taking a lights-to-flag win in Friday's first race in Qatar.

Qatar WSBK: Rea takes dominant 15th win of 2017
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing
Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing

With a better start than fellow front-row starters Alex Lowes and Tom Sykes, Rea comfortably led into Turn 1, and quickly pulled away from his chasers.

Behind him, Kawsaki teammate Sykes was initially holding second but soon started to fade, dropping behind Lowes' Yamaha and the Ducatis of Chaz Davies, Xavi Fores and Marco Melandri.

Davies and Fores both went past Lowes for second and third, with the latter challenging the former before his Barni-run machine slowed down.

Lowes was back into third after Fores' retirement but only for a handful of laps, as the Yamaha rider ended up crashing out at Turn 9.

That promoted Marco Melandri into the final podium spot, the factory Ducati duo finishing second and third, five and 10 seconds behind Rea respectively.

Sykes had to settle for sixth and will start the final race of the season 10 points behind Davies in the fight for the runner-up spot in the standings.

Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori both passed Sykes for fourth and fifth places, the first time both Milwaukee Aprilia riders finished in the top five this year.

Jordi Torres (Althea BMW), who will race for MV Agusta next year, was seventh, ahead of Puccetti Kawasaki's Sylvain Guintoli, Leon Camier (MV Agusta), and Roman Ramos (GoEleven Kawasaki).

Lowes' Yamaha teammate Michael van der Mark also crashed during the race, touching the rear of Sykes' bike at Turn 7.

Race 1 results:

Pos.RiderBikeTime
1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki -
2 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 4.944
3 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 10.405
4 ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 12.052
5 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 12.339
6 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 15.587
7 spain Jordi Torres  BMW 16.789
8 france Sylvain Guintoli  Kawasaki 17.869
9 united_kingdom Leon Camier  MV Agusta 18.494
10 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 22.660
11 france Jeremy Guarnoni  Kawasaki 36.011
12 united_states Jake Gagne  Honda 38.237
13 italy Roberto Rolfo  Kawasaki 49.659
14 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Kawasaki 50.079
Ret united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha -
Ret  spain Xavi Fores  Ducati
Ret  italy Raffaele De Rosa  BMW
Ret  netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha
Ret  italy Davide Giugliano  Honda
Ret  italy Alessandro Andreozzi  Yamaha
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