Jonathan Rea took his 10th straight win in race 2 In Argentina, despite having overnight troubles due to food poisoning. Ducati’s of Xavi Fores and Marco Melandri completed the podium.
In what seemed to be easy work for now four time champion Rea, as he took fifth consecutive double win, beating the previous record of Neil Hodgson and Colin Edwards, it was anything but that in reality.
Barni Ducati rider Xavi Fores took advantage of race 2 pole with flawless start and escaping into the lead, while Rea’s team mate Tom Sykes and Milwaukee Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty faced a lot tougher starts to the race, as Sykes dropped to the fringes of top 10, while Laverty crashed out of the race after 3 laps in what was very chaotic start of the race, as multiple riders were beating each other up in titanic battles for positions behind early leader.
Rea’s charge toward the top spot was put on hold after great start, when he climbed to top 5 from eight position, due to a series of smaller mistakes meant he was going up and down position wise for first 5 laps, by the time leader Fores had amost 3s lead. But that proved to not be a problem for the champion as a lot faster lap times allowed him to close the leader down by the time of lap 8 and passing him a lap later, eventually riding in the distance and not looking back. Behind leading duo it was Puccetti Kawasaki rider Toprak Razgatlioglu, who looked for a long time to be getting third position and finishing both race on the podium, but late charges from Aruba Ducati duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies dropped him first to fifth position, while tyre grip issues while battling Tom Sykes and Pata Yamaha rider Alex Lowes eventually left young Turkish rider disappointed in seventh position. Lorenzo Savadori was the sole Aprilia rider finishing in 8th position, just ahead of second Yamaha of Michael van der Mark and Red Bull Honda’s Jake Gagne, who rounded up the top 10 and giving some joy to Honda in what was another frustrating race for Japanese manufacturer, as Gagne’s team mate Leon Camier retired due to technical issues, while TripleM French rookie Florian Marino crashed, breaking his left leg in the process.
Behind top 10 it was BMW’s Loris Baz, who finished in 11th place, beating home hero Leandro Mercado, who recovered from race 1 crash due to punctured radiator to score some points in 12th position. GOEleven Kawasaki of Roman Ramos and Pedercini Kawasaki youngster Gabriele Ruiu were the last riders to score points in 13th and 14th position, while Mv Agusta’s Maxi Scheib, Red Bull Honda’s Leon Camier, Milwaukee Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty, TripleM Honda’s Florian Marino and Guandalini Yamaha’s Jakub Smrz didn’t finish the race.
Last 2 races of the season happen in Qatar on 26th and 27th October.
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