Argentina WSBK: Rea dominates despite mistake

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea took a second consecutive victory at Villicum in confident fashion, even though a mistake from him briefly gifted the lead to Alvaro Bautista.

Argentina WSBK: Rea dominates despite mistake

Rea led from pole position and quickly pulled away from Bautista and Toprak Razgatlioglu as the pair of them traded places on the opening lap.

His lead was up to one second in two laps and he didn't seem troubled until he ran wide at the end of the main straight, losing just enough time for Bautista to move ahead.

But Rea was all over Bautista almost instantly and made a move at Turn 7 in two laps' time.

Bautista could not only keep up with Rea afterwards, but started to lose more time and positions.

He gave up second place to Ducati teammate Chaz Davies, who had lost ground at the start but then passed Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark as well as Razgatlioglu to move up to third.

When he also dispatched Bautista, Rea already had a 2.4s lead, which remained intact for the majority of the race before Rea pulled away even more in the final couple of laps.

He eventually won by 5.1s with Davies safely securing second.

Razgatlioglu stole third from Bautista, who also ended up falling behind van der Mark and finishing only fifth.

Lowes was sixth with Eugene Laverty (GoEleven Ducati) taking his best result since his return from an extended injury break in sixth, the Irishman picking off several riders late on.

He was closely followed by home hero Leandro Mercado (Orelac), who led fellow Kawasaki riders Jordi Torres (Pedercini) and Leon Haslam.

Honda's Alessandro Delbianco and BMW's Tom Sykes both retired.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea
Kawasaki 21
2 7 United Kingdom Chaz Davies
Ducati 21 5.158
3 54 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu
Kawasaki 21 14.511
4 60 Netherlands Michael van der Mark
Yamaha 21 17.046
5 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista
Ducati 21 17.771
6 22 United Kingdom Alex Lowes
Yamaha 21 18.976
7 50 Ireland Eugene Laverty
Ducati 21 33.901
8 36 Argentina Leandro Mercado
Kawasaki 21 35.233
9 81 Spain Jordi Torres
Kawasaki 21 36.783
10 91 United Kingdom Leon Haslam
Kawasaki 21 37.478
11 21 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi
Ducati 21 44.053
12 76 France Loris Baz
Yamaha 21 45.623
13 2 United Kingdom Leon Camier
Honda 21 51.082
14 33 Italy Marco Melandri
Yamaha 21 1'06.298
15 11 Germany Sandro Cortese
Yamaha 21 1'10.768
16 28 Germany Markus Reiterberger
BMW 21 1'10.937
17 23 Japan Ryuichi Kiyonari
Honda 21 1'12.519
52 Italy Alessandro Del Bianco
Honda 14
66 United Kingdom Tom Sykes

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