Rea more leader than ever
Jonathan Rea increased his advantage at the top of the WorldSBK championship after closing out a great weekend at MotorLand. Lowes overcame a stomach flu with very good results.
The second weekend at MotorLand Aragón was promising for the Kawasaki Racing Team. The timed sessions served as an appetizer, to show the good rhythm they would maintain despite the circumstances. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes finished second and third respectively, just a few thousandths behind the leader. Saturday's results were more than positive, with a second place from Rea and a great job from Lowes. The KRT rider continued with the same pace on Sunday, with a second position in the Superpole and a victory in race two.
On Saturday, Lowes suffered a severe attack of stomach flu that weakened him to the point that he could not fight in FP3 and had to start from 10th position. Rea, on the other hand, started from the pole. The inaugural race of the round of Teruel, also held at MotorLand Aragón, was very promising since the start on Saturday. The rider’s start on board of his Kawasaki was flawless and he remained first until lap 18, a moment that Michael Rubén Rinaldi took advantage of to take command. Finally, he was able to get 20 points, very important to maintain the leadership of the championship, especially because Scott Redding fell. The determination of Lowes took him from the tenth to the sixth position, valid to score ten points in the general standings.
Sunday was a tough day for Alex Lowes, who was still suffering from the stomach flu. An event that did not prevent him from getting on his motorcycle to compete in the Tissot-Superpole. He finished sixth after setting the fastest lap, despite the pain. Rea took the lead at the start of the sprint race, but Scott Redding passed him on the second lap and held it until the end. The race was different. Rea opted for a conventional rear-end tire and waited for his time. The rest of the rivals mounted a super soft SCX and, after maintaining a fight for the first position, they started to wear down the tires until they were overtaken by the Kawasaki rider.
Redding signed a third position, leaving Jonathan Rea leading the championship with a 36-point lead. Lowes fought like a titan and took the fifth place. He added 11 points to stay just 20 behind third place in the championship. The next race will also be held in Spain, more specifically on the lands of the KRT team: Montmeló. The sixth round of WorldSBK will be held from September 18-20.
A Sunday to forget
Ana Carrasco came to the fourth round of the WorldSSP300 with great enthusiasm. The first round in Teruel was very difficult, with many changes of positions and riders fighting for the first places. Carrasco led for a time but eventually finished 5th. A result that she failed to maintain on Sunday after she went long in couple turns while fighting for the top spots. Errors that led her to cross the finish line in 22nd position. Despite this, the Spanish rider left a comeback for the history, worthy of MotoGP. Ana remains in 4th position in the championship, 31 points behind Buis, leader of the WorldSSP300 before the next race at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.