MAGNY-COURS, France – Even though he locked up the MOTUL FIM World Superbike championship during the opening race of the weekend at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Jonathan Rea showed no signs of letting up on Sunday.
Rea powered past longtime rival Chaz Davies on lap 12 in turn nine, then opened up a margin out front and never looked back en route to his eighth-straight World Superbike victory – matching the longest stretch of wins in the series since Troy Bayliss in 2006.
The Northern Irishman has now swept four straight World Superbike race meets.
Davies started from second on the grid and immediately grabbed the holeshot, but it took just half a lap for Rea to climb into third position and set his sights on the race lead. He eventually managed to outpace Michael van der Mark at the Imola chicane on lap three.
Rea singled out the Adelaide hairpin as the point to make his move for the lead, but lap after lap the moment didn’t come, with Davies forcing his Ducati in front on the exit every time and Rea coming in too hot on two separate occasions.
Davies finally opened the door through turn nine on lap 12, and Rea emphatically put his foot in, flying into the race lead.
With an open track ahead, the Kawasaki rider was just too strong to match, with Davies crossing the line in second and van der Mark putting his R1 onto the podium in third.
Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri finished fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by polesitter Lorenzo Savadori, Alex Lowes, independent Xavi Fores, Leon Camier and hometown favorite Loris Baz.