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Old 02-28-2016, 06:22 AM   #1
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WSB 2016 Phillip Island race two results

The first double win at Phillip Island since Carlos Checa in 2011

JONATHAN Rea took the first double win of the season at Phillip Island with last year's runner up Chaz Davies losing out to second on the final lap after losing the front into Turn 4.

Rea is the first World Superbike rider to take the double at Phillip Island since Carlos Checa in 2011, but it was team-mate Tom Sykes on the ZX-10R who launched himself off the line first from pole position. After challenging for the lead, Rea settled into second as Michael van der Mark made a move to take third from Davide Giugliano.

The Flying Dutchman then had a look down the inside of Rea into Turn 2 before thinking better of it whilst the two Ducati's, led by Chaz Davies, closed in behind ready to pounce.

Nicky Hayden clawed back the time he lost at the beginning to tag onto the front group. After a few laps staying with those in front, the Kentucky Kid then made a move into Turn 1 pushing Giugliano back into sixth until the Italian fought back later in the lap. Hayden took him back once again, before the Ducati rider managed to cut back inside again and claim fifth.

With 12 laps to go, Sykes ran wide into Turn 4 which left the door wide open for team-mate Rea to take the lead. van der Mark and Davies needed no persuasion to follow the reigning World Champ through. van der Mark took the lead from Rea into Turn 1 as the young Honda rider determined to keep the P1 on his pit board led a group of seven riders.

Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres started from P12 after an injury in testing and was the rider leading the charge to catch up with the leading group whilst Giugliano attempted a pass on Sykes and clipped the Yorkshireman’s back wheel.

With the leaders split into two groups: van der Mark, Rea, Davies and Hayden followed by Guintoli, Giugliano and Sykes, Hayden was the rider setting the best lap times before Rea took van der Mark for the lead. The field closed up once again before Rea and Davies made a break for it with van der Mark attempting to keep up with the pace.

Davies took Rea into Turn 4 for the lead before Rea fought back into Turn 1 and managed to block the following line from his title rival. Turn 4 looked set to be the podium decider as Davies tried to attack Rea for the lead once again and sure enough the Ducati rider pushed a little too hard and found himself sliding off the track and into gre gravel.

That left Rea out in front of van der Mark and the Dutchman’s American team-mate Hayden who hung onto third. The Kentucky rookie had improved his management of the Pirelli tyres significantly since his first race and managed to set very competitive lap times.

Stalked by Ducati rider Giugliano throughout the next few corners, it seemed the MotoGP Legend was set for his first podium on his first race weekend in World Superbikes until Giugliano somehow found space to go past with a spectacular move to just pip the American to the podium.

Buriram is now the next stop for World Superbike as the paddock heads north to Thailand. Rea’s first double of 2016 is what the rest of the field will be fighting against as they try and stop the Northern Irishman in his bid to be the first back to back Champion of the new Millenium.

Race two results:

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing
2. Michael van der Mark NED Honda Racing +0.831
3. Davide Giugliano ITA Racing Ducati +1.472
4. Nicky Hayden USA Honda Racing +1.511
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Crescent Yamaha +2.439
6. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing +3.320
7. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW +13.744
8. Markus Reiterberger GER Althea BMW +15.084
9. Josh Brookes AUS Milwaukee BMW +15.106
10. Chaz Davies GBR Racing Ducati +16.276
11. Karel Abraham CZE Althea BMW +30.14
12. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki +30.251
13. Alex de Angelis RSM IodaRacing Aprilia +30.437
14. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha +39.946
15. Sylvain Barrier FRA Pedercini Kawasaki +53.515
16. Dominic Schmitter SUI Grillini Kawasaki +58.450
17. Saeed al Sulaiti QAT Pedercini Kawasaki +1:01.836
18. Peter Sebesteyen HUN Team Toth Yamaha +1:30.672
19. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth Yamaha +1 lap

DNF. Mike Jones AUS Desmo Sport Ducati
DNF. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4
DNF. Lorenzo Savadori ITA IodaRacing Aprilia

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