WSBK: Jonathan Rea celebrates victory in wet race two at Portimao

Jonathan Rea won a wet second race at Portimao in Portugal
Jonathan Rea won a wet second race at Portimao in Portugal

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea clinched his fourth World Superbike victory of the season in race two at Portimao in Portugal after mastering the wet conditions on his Pata Honda.

Rea, who finished fifth in the first race, took the lead on the opening lap and produced a terrific ride to score a maximum 25 points.

The 27-year-old came home ahead of Ducati riders Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies to take the win by six seconds.

Aprilia pair Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli were closing the gap to Rea at one stage in the race, slashing his advantage to around a second.

However, their challenge was abruptly ended when the duo collided at the hairpin. Guintoli was able to rejoin the race and eventually finished in seventh place.

Behind the top three, Alex Lowes finished fourth on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, with the top six completed by Rea’s team-mate Leon Haslam and Kawasaki’s Loris Baz.

Eugene Laverty finished ninth, one place behind championship leader and race one winner Tom Sykes.

The English rider won the first race from Guintoli and Baz, with Laverty - nursing a foot injury - crossing the line in eighth.

In the World Supersport race, Dublin’s Jack Kennedy secured his maiden rostrum result with a brilliant ride to second place on the CIA Insurance Honda. The race - held in damp conditions - was won by Pata Honda’s Michael van der Mark.