Rea Takes Another Podium Finish

2022-10-12 07:26
Rea was in imperious form long before the start of the delayed and then reduced duration first WorldSBK race of the weekend. He secured his fifth Superpole win of the year, and the 40th of his career, with a new track best of 1’39.610. Rea smashed the previous record despite there being no SCQ qualifying tyres available for all the riders this weekend.

Rea started well from pole position and led the first five laps until he was passed by eventual race winner Toprak Razgatlioglu. With five laps of the 14 to go Alvaro Bautista came through, then ran wide, allowing Rea to reassert himself in second place for a short time. Bautista passed on the main straight on the next lap and Rea would end up third at the flag.

Lowes was on very strong form in Superpole qualifying, joining Rea in the new ‘sub-1.40’ club with his 1’39.859 - good enough for third place on the starting grid.

Lowes was second across the start/finish line on lap one but was fourth on the next lap. He would end up fifth at the flag, fighting with Axel Bassani all the way. Alex was only 0.091 seconds from a top four finish in another strong battle near the front fo the field.

Now Lowes and Rea will face the ten-lap Tissot-Superpole Race and a full distance Race Two on Sunday 9 October.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “The Superpole lap was incredible. When the bike had grip I felt I got everything out of the lap. Aside from a little slide on the final corner it was perfect. It was nice to get that and when you are competing at the front that launch from pole position is everything. I got a good start that I was happy with. I went with the harder option rear tyre, of a stiffer construction, and that was always in the plan after a long run yesterday. I knew it would potentially be a bit more competitive than the SC0 tyre. When the race changed to 14 laps, not 21, it changed our strategy a little bit. We stuck to our guns and raced the harder option. In hindsight I just missed a little bit of grip, especially in the middle part of the race, when the first drop of the tyre came. I made a couple of small mistakes and Toprak broke the tow a little. Then Alvaro was coming, with a good pace. I couldn’t fight with him as he took so much time out of me in sector four and the beginning of sector one. I was riding on my limit just to keep the gap.”

Alex Lowes, stated: “I wanted to go under 1’40 in Superpole so to achieve that was really good. I think any time you are with Johnny, Toprak or Alvaro you are riding quite well. In the race I had a good start but on a full tank of fuel I was struggling to stop at the beginning. In the race itself I felt quite good and I had decent pace. Maybe on lap six, seven, eight, I thought I needed to relax a bit because the rear tyre was dropping. I came strong again at the end and had a good battle with Axel. Hopefully we can improve the braking a bit for Sunday so that I can fight a little bit more. Honestly, without this fight, I felt my pace was a little bit faster; quite strong. Because we went from the planned 21 laps to 14, I had already changed the front tyre choice. I went to the SC1 to give me a bit more grip. I think this was a good choice.”

Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was 13th and in the points in Race One, with Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) 24th today. Leon Haslam (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) had to retire with a technical issue.

2022 KRT Rider WorldSBK Statistics

Jonathan Rea: World Champion 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020
2022: Races 25, Wins 5, Podiums 19, Superpoles 5
Career Race Wins: 117 (102 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 234 (192 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 40 (36 for Kawasaki)

Alex Lowes:
2022: Races: 24, Wins 0, Podiums 2, Superpoles 0
Career Race Wins: 2 (1 for Kawasaki)
Career Podiums: 31 (11 for Kawasaki)
Career Poles: 1 (0 for Kawasaki)

8 x Riders’ Championships (Scott Russell 1993, Tom Sykes 2013, Rea 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020), 1 x EVO Riders’ Championship (David Salom 2014)
6 x Manufacturers’ Championships (Ninja ZX-10R 2015 & 2016, Ninja ZX-10RR 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)
5 x Teams’ Championships (KRT/Provec Racing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)

Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship Statistics
Total Kawasaki Race Wins: 176 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Podiums: 510 – second overall
Total Kawasaki Poles: 105 – second overall

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Source: Kawasaki Racing Team

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