ALCANIZ, Spain – Jonathan Rea reclaimed the World Superbike championship lead with a victory Sunday at MotorLand Aragon.
Rea started the race from the pole and, despite pressure from title rival Scott Redding early on, was able to pull away from the field. Rea led comfortably until lap 14, when a rare mistake allowed second-place Chaz Davies to go from two seconds back to two tenths behind.
Davies attempted to pass Rea in turn one on lap 15, but the move didn’t stick and Rea remained in the lead. After rebuking Davies’ challenge, Rea pulled away to a 1.2 second victory.
The triumph gives Rea a 10-point edge over Redding, who finished fourth following his victory Saturday, in the World Superbike standings.
Alvaro Bautista put together a strong performance for Team HRC, claiming the final place on the podium ahead of Redding’s Ducati.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi was fifth, followed by Michael van der Mark, Leon Haslam, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff.