Rea Claims SBK Title As Sykes, Davies Win

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After finishing fourth in the first WorldSBK race at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain Jonathan Rea became the FIM Superbike World Champion for the first time in his career. (Kawasaki photo)
After finishing fourth in the first WorldSBK race at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain Jonathan Rea became the FIM Superbike World Champion for the first time in his career. (Kawasaki photo)
After finishing fourth in the first WorldSBK race at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain Jonathan Rea became the FIM Superbike World Champion for the first time in his career. (Kawasaki photo)

JEREZ, Spain – Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies collected victories in the World Superbike Championship’s trip to Jerez on Sunday, while Jonathan Rea sealed his first championship by finishing fourth in both races.

Not wanting to risk a mistake in his title-clinching race No. 1, Rea was overhauled by Michael van der Mark, who showed some real speed on his Pata Honda, the Dutchman claiming his third podium of the year ahead of the new World Champion and Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team-Red Devils) who was in contention despite a lowly 11th position grid slot.

Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team) finished a credible 6th ahead of Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Alex Lowes, Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and the outgoing champ Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who completed the top 10 in the first race.

Jordi Torres made life difficult for himself, the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils rider running off track at the start. Rejoining he ended the opening lap in 18th before eventually finishing 12th, four seconds adrift of compatriot David Salom (Team Pedercini) who had the accolade of being the best placed Spanish rider.

The final points finishers in race No. 1 were Roman Ramos (Team Go Eleven), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia).

Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing) was running a strong fourth in the early stages before losing the front of his Ducati Panigale at turn six. The Italian, fresh from his first front row start was able to rejoin proceedings – he eventually finished 17th.

Sykes was unable to break away in race two, after taking the holeshot for the second time and despite stretching his advantage in the early laps was passed with 10 laps to go by Davies – who went on to grab his ninth win of 2015.

Davies won ahead of Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam, who both overhauled early leader Sykes to complete the podium.

Rea took another fourth position aboard his Kawasaki ahead of race 1 winner Sykes, who seemed to suffer in the hotter conditions.

The top six was completed by Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing) ahead of Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) who had another solid race to finish seventh.

By finishing fourth and fifth in race two, Rea and Sykes give Kawasaki the FIM Manufacturer Title.