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Jonathan Rea continues to dominate with race one win in Portugal

Jonathan Rea continues to dominate with race one win in Portugal
By PA Sport

15/09/2018 at 12:46Updated 15/09/2018 at 14:55

The reigning three-time champion extended his lead in the World Superbikes standings to 104 points.

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Reigning champion Jonathan Rea continued his dominance with his sixth-successive World Superbikes race victory with a comfortable ride in Portugal.

Rea, who was pipped into second place in qualifying, took control of the race from the first corner and did not look back as he broke the fastest lap record and extended his championship lead to 104 points ahead of fellow Briton Chaz Davies.

Marco Melandri (Ducati) finished 1.575 seconds behind the Northern Irishman, after briefly taking the lead at the first turn, with Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) completing the podium during race one in Portimao.

Eugene Laverty overcame Rea to post a record lap of one minute 40.705 seconds to secure his first pole in five years, but the race turned out to be a disaster for the Irishman.

The Milwaukee Aprilia rider slipped to fourth at the first corner as Rea took a familiar role in front before Laverty was taken out by Ducati Panigale’s Xavi Fores on the third turn, which ended their races.

Lorenzio Savadori (Aprilia) was battling for second before crashing out with nine laps to go as Davies (Ducati Panigale) defied a broken collarbone and a starting grid position of 14th to finish in fourth.

Tom Sykes of Kawasaki placed in the top five, with Loris Baz (Althea BMW Racing Team) sixth followed by Spain’s Jordi Torres, Turkey’s Toprak Razgatlioglu, Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Briton Alex Lowes to round off the top 10.