Rea Romps to Laguna Seca Double

Jonathan Rea - Laguna Seca - World Superbikes
Jonathan Rea - Photo Credit: Kawasaki

Jonathan Rea clinched his third double of the 2018 WorldSBK season with another crushing display of dominance at Laguna Seca on Sunday. The Kawasaki rider sliced through the field from ninth on the grid to lead home Chaz Davies once again with Eugene Laverty completing the rostrum for his first podium finish since returning to WorldSBK last year.

In typical fashion, Rea made rapid progress from his ninth-place grid slot, gaining four spots on the opening lap including that of his team-mate Tom Sykes, while he made light work of the two Aruba Ducatis to take third on lap two. Michael van der Mark surrendered second on lap four and despite his early attempt to break away while the world champion was stuck in traffic, polesitter Laverty gave up the lead on lap eight.

Davies snatched second from Laverty at two-thirds distance but the Irishman held off the two PATA Yamahas to secure Aprilia’s first podium since Lausitzring 2016. Alex Lowes edged out van der Mark for fourth, aided by a brave manoeuvre at the Corkscrew three laps from home, while Xavi Fores completed the top six on the Barni Ducati.

Jordi Torres was a solid seventh for MV Agusta, a result which compounded the misery for Tom Sykes who trailed the Spaniard in eighth. Jake Gagne went one better than his career-best showing in race one, taking ninth for Red Bull Honda, while Loris Baz recovered from a dreadful start to finish tenth.


WorldSBK 2018: Geico US Round: Race Two

11. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team35:09.683
27. Chaz Racing - Ducati+5.099
350. Eugene LavertyApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+6.711
422. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha WorldSBK Team+8.011
560. Michael van der MarkYamahaPata Yamaha WorldSBK Team+9.746
612. Xavi ForesDucatiBarni Racing Team+14.791
781. Jordi TorresMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+16.711
866. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+17.284
945. Jake GagneHondaRed Bull Honda World Superbike+35.421
1076. Loris BazBMWGULF ALTHEA BMW Racing Team+39.802
1136. Leandro MercadoKawasakiOrelac Racing VerdNatura+42.946
1240. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam GoEleven Kawasaki+43.437
132. Leon CamierHondaRed Bull Honda World Superbike+44.563
1498. Karel HanikaYamahaGuandalini Racing+47.257
1568. Yonny HernandezKawasakiTeam Pedercini Racing+53.415
1657. Josh HerrinYamahaAttack 2Wheel Legal Yamaha+58.107
NC99. PJ JacobsenHondaTripleM Honda WorldSBK Team+9 Laps
NC32. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+19 Laps
NC33. Marco Racing - Ducati+22 Laps
NS54. Toprak RazgatliogluKawasakiKawasaki Puccetti RacingInjured