JEREZ, Spain – Jonathan Rea wrapped up the weekend at Circuito de Jerez with yet another World Superbike victory on Sunday.
Rea went from ninth on the grid to first by the end of the first lap, overtaking Michael van der Mark to take the lead and seal the deal. He didn’t look back from there, pulling away to a comfortable 2.7-second margin of victory over Ducati teammates Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies.
The victory gave Kawasaki the 2017 World Superbike Manufacturers’ crown as a result.
The race was initially stopped on the first attempted start when Davies and Eugene Laverty both went down in turn two. Dominic Schmitter also crashed and required help from the trackside medical staff.
Davies’ team worked quickly during the 20 minute stoppage to get his Ducati Panigale R back in raceable condition. His team got the job done and he eventually raced to a third-place finish.
Alex Lowes was fourth for Pata Yamaha, with the second Kawasaki piloted by Tom Sykes coming home in fifth. Van der Mark settled for sixth after leading early on. Xavi Fores was seventh, followed by the returning Sylvain Guintoli in eighth. Leandro Mercado and Jordi Torres completed the top-10.