Jonathan Rea has secured a sixth consecutive World Superbike title after ending fourth within the first race of the weekend at Estoril in Portugal.
Rea wanted simply three factors from Race One to safe the crown however the title was handed to him when nearest rival Scott Redding retired on the fifth lap.
Redding’s demise left the Kawasaki rider with an unassailable 72-point lead on the high of the standings.
The Northern Irishman is one win away from a century of profession victories.
The 33-year-old may attain that landmark on Sunday when he competes within the Superpole dash occasion and the second function race.
Rea began from fifteenth place on the grid for Saturday’s race after a crash in Superpole however rapidly powered via the sector, working his approach as much as second after 9 laps earlier than having to accept fourth behind race winner Toprak Razgatlioglu, Chaz Davies and Garrett Gerloff.
Redding’s slim hopes of snatching the title from Rea expired when the engine on his Ducati reduce out.
Turkish rider Razgatlioglu was a snug winner of the race from pole place, having fun with a three-second benefit on his Yamaha on the chequered flag to report a second win of the season.
Rea continues his domination
Rea narrowly missed out on securing the title at Magny-Cours in France two weeks in the past however went into the ultimate spherical in Portugal main by 59 factors, with a most of 62 nonetheless obtainable.
The six-time champion has gained 11 of the 22 races staged thus far throughout this truncated eight-round season, which has seen rounds largely staged across the Iberian Peninsula, with Spain internet hosting 4 rounds and Portugal two.
The standard curtain-raiser in Phillip Island, Australia on 29 February and 1 March was adopted by an eight-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rea’s consistency has seen him recurrently decide up sturdy finishes all year long to proceed his dominance of the championship.
Final season he broke Carl Fogarty’s report of 4 World Superbike titles by notching a report fifth title in a row and has now added to that tally along with his sixth title.
A seventh title subsequent time period would see him equal the sequence of consecutive titles achieved by Italian legend Giacomo Agostini within the grand prix world championship from 1966 to 1972.
|Jonathan Rea (GB)||Kawasaki||353|
|Scott Redding (GB)||Ducati||281|
|Chaz Davies (GB)||Ducati||242|
|Michael van der Mark (Ned)||Yamaha||203|
|Toprak Razgatlioglu (Tur)||Yamaha||200|
|Alex Lowes (GB)||Kawasaki||189|