Jerez WSBK: Redding leads Ducati 1-2, Rea struggles

Lewis Duncan
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WSBK rookie Redding bagged his first win in Saturday’s feature race and added another podium to his tally in Sunday’s Superpole race to take a nine-point standings lead ahead of the final outing in Spain.

As was the case in the previous two races, Kawasaki’s Rea grabbed the holeshot at the start – this time from pole by virtue of his Superpole race win – ahead of Redding and Ten Kate’s Loris Baz.

Redding would find a way past Rea at the start of the second lap, with Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu up to third having started 10th and having crashed on the sighting lap prior to the race.

 

The Kawasaki rider appeared to be struggling with his ZX-10RR and would soon slip behind the sister Ducati of Chaz Davies, who had cleared Razgatlioglu on the third lap.

Rea soon came under attack from Razgatlioglu, with the Yamaha coming through at the start of lap six – though was forced to fight back through Turn 7 and 9 after Alex Lowes made a failed passing bid on the pair of them at Turn 6 and forced the Turkish rider out wide.

 

At the front, Davies managed to cut Redding’s lead down to 1.7s at half distance – though Redding soon responded to get the gap back to over two seconds for an untroubled run to the chequered flag.

Davies secured his first podium of the 2020 season and the 90th of his career to complete a Ducati 1-2, with Razgatlioglu grabbing another third-place finish.

Rea’s woes continued as the race wore on, with Go Eleven Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi and then the sister KRT bike of Lowes demoting the world champion to sixth.

Rinaldi equalled his best WSBK result in fourth, ahead of Lowes and Rea, while Yamaha’s Michael van der Mark was seventh.

Alvaro Bautista was top Honda runner at the chequered flag in eighth ahead of Barni Ducati’s Marco Melandri and the GRT Yamaha of Garrett Gerloff.

Redding’s championship lead now stands at 24 points over Rea heading to next weekend’s third round in Portugal. 

Race results:

1

45

United Kingdom

Scott Redding

Ducati

-

2

7

United Kingdom

Chaz Davies

Ducati

3.082

3

54

Turkey

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Yamaha

5.472

4

21

Italy

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

8.709

5

22

United Kingdom

Alex Lowes

Kawasaki

10.772

6

1

United Kingdom

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki

12.501

7

60

Netherlands

Michael van der Mark

Yamaha

13.760

8

19

Spain

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

17.472

9

33

Italy

Marco Melandri

Ducati

19.938

10

31

United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha

21.375

11

66

United Kingdom

Tom Sykes

BMW

23.555

12

91

United Kingdom

Leon Haslam

Honda

28.209

13

12

Spain

Xavi Fores

Kawasaki

29.128

14

11

Germany

Sandro Cortese

Kawasaki

35.062

15

36

Argentina

Leandro Mercado

Ducati

35.269

16

64

Italy

Federico Caricasulo

Yamaha

38.450

17

76

France

Loris Baz

Yamaha

44.444

18

77

Chile

Maximilian Scheib

Kawasaki

45.370

19

63

Italy

Lorenzo Gabellini

Honda

 

 

20

France

Sylvain Barrier

Ducati

 

 

23

France

Christophe Ponsson

Aprilia

 

 

50

Ireland

Eugene Laverty

BMW

 

 

13

Japan

Takumi Takahashi

Honda

 

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