Lausitz WorldSBK: ‘I had to wrestle with the bike’ - Rea

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Reigning WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea extended his title advantage to the business end of three race wins at the Lausitzring but had a wild ride during the second race as he attempted to keep on the rear wheel of winner Chaz Davies.

Rea said he was confident going into race two after a strong morning warm-up and changed to the hard rear tyre after using and chewing the soft in Saturday’s opening clash but ended up having to watch as Davies rode away from him after a lap 11 pass.

“After warm-up I expected to be strong but I had nothing for Chaz, he was really strong, so congratulations to him. Marco was also strong and I had to give my 100 per cent to stay in front of him. The bike was not comfortable to ride, it wasn’t behaving nicely and this track is so bumpy, I felt like I was wrestling the bike all the time,” said Rea, speaking at the track.

“It was a really physical ride out there, 21 laps with my heart trying to bring it home. As soon as the tryre dropped, the bike was trying to tie itself in knots, fatigue set in. I’m happy, we got 20 points for our efforts, which was good but we were beaten by a better guy today.”

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