WSBK: World champion Jonathan Rea doubles up at Magny-Cours

Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki ZX-10R at Magny-Cours in France. Picture: Baylon McCaughey.
Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki ZX-10R at Magny-Cours in France. Picture: Baylon McCaughey.
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World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea wrapped up a sizzling fifth double of the season with a brilliant performance at Magny-Cours in France.

The 28-year-old factory Kawasaki rider has extended his winning streak in 2015 to an incredible 14 victories to underline his dominance of the championship.

Rea twice finished fourth as he put the title beyond reach at Jerez in Spain in September, bringing an end to a remarkable run of results that saw the Northern Ireland star finish inside the top three at every race this year.

However, it was a case of normal service resumed in France as the Ballyclare man showed exactly why he is the 2015 world champion with a commanding brace.

He took victory in the wet in the opener on Sunday by almost five seconds from team-mate Tom Sykes with last year’s champion Sylvain Guintoli third on the Pata Honda.

In race two, Rea won by 2.8 seconds from Ducati’s Chaz Davies with Sykes completing the top three.

Rea’s 22 podium finishes equals Troy Bayliss, who ahieved the total in 2002 - the second highest number of podium finishes in the history of the series.

The final race of the year will take place under the floodlights at Losail in Qatar on October 18.