Jonathan Rea took his 9th victory in a row after a dominant race 1 victory in the first ever Argentinean round of the World Superbike Championship with Marco Melandri and fellow Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu completing the podium.
Marco Melandri launched is Ducati Panigale R from pole position getting ahead of Rea as the pack tipped into the tricky left-hander at turn 1. Tom Sykes made a good start from 4th getting around the outside of Eugene Laverty on the brakes but the pair made contact at turn 2 forcing Laverty into a near high-side but the Irishman regained control of his Aprilia, dropping down to 6th place.
At the front Melandri had to defend from the World Champion, but Rea managed to pass the Italian and cleared off at the front. Further behind Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes was locked in a battle with Fores, Davies and Razgatlioglu but the Derbyshire based Lincolnshireman had to give up the fight as both Davies and Razgatligolu came by.
It was not home-glory for Leandro Mercado who dropped his Orelac Kawasaki at the slowest corner on the track, turn 10, forcing the rider from Córdoba to retire from the race. It was also a bad race for Honda with Jake Gagne dropping his Fireblade in style at turn 5.
After getting caught up in a collision at the start, Laverty was back on Sykes’ tail making a pass towards turn 8 after releasing the Aprilia power the long back straight.
Chaz Davies’ season continued to get worse after tipping off his Aruba.it Ducati as the rain started to fall on lap 13.
Meanwhile, Razgatlioglu put the hammer down, passing Sykes and Laverty putting the Turkish rider on the podium for the second time in 2018. Xavi Fores also followed the Puccetti Kawasaki rider through on Tom Sykes as the Spaniard tried to chase down Toprak Razgatlioglu.
With Jonathan Rea’s victory along with Razgatlioglu’s podium, Kawasaki has claimed their 4th Constructors Championship in World Superbikes.
Find out if Rea can make it 10 in a row tomorrow, at the El Villicum circuit here at NowMoto.
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