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Jonathan Rea vs. Scott Redding: The challenger's chances are diminishing
© Motorsport Images Defending champion Jonathan Rea continues to pull Scott Redding away Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) has extended his lead in the championship at the first WSBK race in Barcelona. With the win, Rea increased his lead to 41 points ( to race report ). Scott Redding (Ducati) drove a good race but again fell short. From seventh on the grid, Redding fought his way up to second position, but could not endanger Rea at any point.
Jonathan Rea finished fourth in race one on Saturday in Estoril () the sixth world title in a row. After an early fall in the Superpole, Rea had to start the race from 15th place on the grid. After just a few laps, the Kawasaki driver was in the top 5 and even figured he had a chance of winning.
But how did the take-off in Superpole come about? "It was a big mistake of mine. I felt very motivated. The feeling for the bike was very good. I didn't know that Scott (Redding) had crashed, but I saw the dirt on the track," said the old and new World Champion.
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"When I crashed, I quickly realized that the bike was destroyed. I have to apologize to my team and my mechanics for this," said Rea. "I wasn't thinking about the championship. After four laps I was so far ahead that I thought I could win the race. But then I got a lot of problems."
"I was not informed that Scott had retired. I only found out after the race," explains Rea, who finally came in fourth. Already with the failure of Redding Rea the title could no longer be taken.
"I don't feel too much," admits Rea after his triumph. "It is difficult to be emotional because I am already focused on tomorrow and want to improve the bike. I am grateful to be here and to have this chance to ride with Kawasaki."
"I couldn't imagine being here six or seven months ago after I crashed at the first race of the season. In lockdown, I didn't know whether we'd be racing again," says Rea, who didn't look at the revised calendar was overly optimistic.
"I wouldn't have chosen these seven tracks because they weren't the best tracks for me or for the bike. But we worked incredibly as a team and made the best possible use of every opportunity," said the record world champion.
And what is the Northern Irish planning to do in the future after breaking one record after another? "I have no more goals now," he clarifies. "I just want to keep improving."
Jonathan Rea: Will he secure the sixth title with the 100th WSBK win? .
© Motorsport Images Jonathan Rea still needs three championship points for sixth world championship title After eleven wins from 21 races, world champion Jonathan Rea comes to the Superbike season finale in Estoril with a lead of 59 points. With a maximum of 62 points, challenger Scott Redding has to rely on the defending champion's bad luck if he wants to turn the World Cup. Theoretically, a 13th place is enough for Rea in one of the two main races.