For the third time in his career Johnathan Rea took a double victory on race day of the World Superbike Championship.
This time in Buirram at Chang International Circuit.
In both races Rea dominated from start to finish and was in command throughout. He was never overtaken by any other rider.
It was a perfect weekend for the Ulster man who claimed his bike set up was a large factor in his solid victories.
Meanwhile, as the points for the day’s racing came in, British riders took the top three places for the overall Championship standings.
Rea with a win in Australia last month added his double victory today. This puts him top of the table.
Also having a storming weekend was Leon Haslam. Haslam, who was on equal points with Rea before coming to Thailand, took second place in both races. This now placed Leon second in the overall standings.
Leon Haslam – Second In Both Races
Tom Sykes, the English former World Superbike champion, managed to claim a spot on the podium with third place in race one. He didn’t preform quite so strongly in race two where he ended up in 5th.
Tom Sykes 2013 World Superbike Champion
However this gave him twenty seven points for the weekend and he now sits at third in the overall standings.
Alex Lowes racing for Voltcom Cresent Suzuki fell foul of a bad mistake on the final bend of lap thirteen in race number one.
He was likely assured of a podium place until that mishap occurred. In race two he held on and took that third place podium position. If it wasn’t for a very on form Haslam he may well have taken the second place.
Alex Lowes – Claimed a Podium Spot in Race Two
Alex collected twenty five points for his weekend’s work and now sits at seventh in the overall points table.
Chaz Davies of Wales had an eventful weekend with two crashes. Luckily, on both occasions he was able to get back on his bike and carry on. In race one he managed 11th place and 15th in race two. Chaz now sits at 6th in the overall standings.
Chaz Davies – Managed to Get Back on His Bike Twice
A special mention should be given to J Torres of Spain. Racing for the Aprilla team, he achieved fourth position in both races catapulting him up the rankings and into fifth place for the championship.
Next month the riders travel to Aragon in Spain, where Torres will be extremely well by recieved his home crowd.
As it stands the top three are – Rea (Ireland) on 90 points, Haslam (England) on 85 and Tom Sykes (England) on 50 points.