Rea Does Phillip Island Double after Davies Crash

Jonathan Rea completed a double victory to kick off his championship defence after a last lap crash for Chaz Davies saw him prevail in race two at Phillip Island. The pair renewed their rivalry from race one on Saturday with Davies trying everything to edge ahead but a desperate manoeuvre at the Honda hairpin saw him slide out, handing the world champion victory.

After gradually falling backwards in race one, polesitter Tom Sykes was intent on lasting the distance this time but after leading the opening ten laps, the Yorkshireman made a critical error at half-distance, outbraking himself and dropping to fourth. Although he was still able to shadow the leading trio, that mistake would prove costly as it dropped him into the clutches of Davide Giugliano and when the Italian tagged the rear wheel of his Kawasaki, Sykes was relegated to seventh.

Rea briefly inherited the lead after his teammate’s slip-up but he was outdragged into turn one less than a lap later by the inspired Michael van der Mark, the Dutchman chasing his maiden WSBK victory. Any hopes of a breakthrough win were dashed four laps from home as Rea and Davies slipstreamed past, setting the stage for a thrilling battle between the British pair.

With two laps remaining, Davies dived up the inside into Honda to snatch the lead but the superior straight-line speed of the Kawasaki undid the Welshman’s hard work at the start of the final lap. One last attempt would come at the Honda hairpin but this time, the Ducati Panigale had reached its breaking point and Chaz was sent tumbling.

Rea rode on to take back-to-back wins with van der Mark a superb second while Giugliano recovered from his tangle with Sykes to grab the final podium spot, passing Nicky Hayden on the final lap. The former MotoGP champion held onto fourth ahead of Yamaha’s Sylvain Guintoli with Sykes following home in sixth and the Althea BMWs of Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger seventh and eighth.

Reigning British Superbike champion Josh Brookes rounded off a solid debut weekend for Milwaukee BMW with ninth spot while a dejected Davies remounted to take tenth.


WorldSBK 2016: Australian Round – Race Two Result

11. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team33:48.37725
260. Michael van der MarkHondaHonda World Superbike Team+0.83120
334. Davide Racing – Ducati+1.47216
469. Nicky HaydenHondaHonda World Superbike Team+1.51113
550. Sylvain GuintoliYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+2.43911
666. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+3.32010
781. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+13.7449
821. Markus ReiterbergerBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+15.0848
925. Josh BrookesBMWMilwaukee BMW+15.1067
107. Chaz Racing – Ducati+16.2766
1117. Karel AbrahamBMWMilwaukee BMW+30.1475
1240. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven+30.2514
1315. Alex de AngelisApriliaIodaRacing Team+30.4373
1422. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+39.9462
1520. Sylvain BarrierKawasakiPedercini Racing+53.5151
169. Dominic SchmitterKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+58.450
1711. Saeed Al SulaitiKawasakiPedercini Racing+1:01.836
1856. Peter SebestyenYamahaTeam Toth+1:30.672
1910. Imre TothYamahaTeam Toth+1 Lap
NC46. Mike JonesDucatiDesmo Sport Ducati+11 Laps
NC2. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+15 Laps
NC32. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaIodaRacing Team+20 Laps
NS12. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing TeamInjured
NS54. Toprak RazgatliogluKawasakiGrillini Racing TeamInjured