In race one, the 19-year-old got a good start from the second row and was in seventh position by the end of lap one, before passing Stobart Honda’s Michael Rutter and establishing himself in sixth on lap four prior to the deployment of the safety car.
Four laps later the race was underway again. A frantic three-way battle for fourth place ensued between Rea, Tommy Hill and Michael Laverty, with Rea being the ultimate victor as he stamped his authority on Hill and Laverty around the back section of the circuit. Laverty kept the pressure on for the remainder of the race, but Rea defended his position and went on to claim another fourth place finish in the ultra-competitive series.
An incident-packed race two saw the Ulsterman move up to seventh place on the grid due to the absence of fellow Honda rider Karl Harris, who crashed heavily in the opening race but despite a small concussion remained uninjured, and again Rea executed a brilliant start. Rea resumed battled once again with Hill and eventually got past him on lap three to hold third place aboard the Dunlop-shod machine before being passed by Championship leader Lavilla. Unfortunately the race was red-flagged on lap twelve due to an incident at the Esses.
Rea was promoted to the front row of the grid for the restart which was run over eight laps and once again the Louth-based rider executed a great start and was in running third before Lavilla crashed out on lap two and an unfortunate Rea slid off on the debris. However, the plucky youngster managed to restart and brought his Red Bull Honda home in 20th place.
Rea maintains his sixth position in the Championship going into the next round at Knockhill, Fife in four weeks’ time (15/16 July).
Jonathan Rea: “I was pleased with fourth position in the first race and I thought I could have had a podium in the second one but I just seem to be having a run of bad luck at the moment. But, despite this I’m looking forward to Knockhill now and we’ll be going to some of my favourite tracks now.”
Havier Beltran: “The first race was great but it was disappointing in the second when we had it all to go for. We hoped to secure a good result in the restart with Jonathan moving up a row but it just wasn’t meant to be. It was just unfortunate for him but I’m sure he will get re-focused for Knockhill.”
Superbike Race One Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 24m13.531s,
2, Leon Haslam (Ducati) +0.298s,
3, Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +5.629s,
4, Jonathan Rea (Red Bull Honda) +9.584s,
5, Michael Laverty (Honda) +10.074s,
6, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +12.036s,
7, Michael Rutter (Honda) +12.230s,
8, James Haydon (Suzuki) +18.694s,
9, Billy McConnell (Yamaha) +21.233s,
10, Ben Wilson (Suzuki) +22.477s.
Fastest Lap: Leon Haslam 1:05.054s – 108.02mph
Superbike Race Two Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 9m10.957s,
2, Leon Haslam (Ducati) +0.402s,
3, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +3.850s,
4, Michael Laverty (Honda) +4.071s,
5, Craig Coxhell (Kawasaki) +5.961s,
6, Chris Martin (Honda) +9.053s,
7, Scott Smart (Suzuki) +9.150s,
8, Glen Richards (Honda) +9.383s,
9, Jon Kirkham (Suzuki) +9.631s,
10, Peter Hickman (Kawasaki) +10.210s…
20, Jonathan Rea (Red Bull Honda) +26.346s.
Best Lap: Ryuichi Kiyonari 1:04.688s – 108.63mph
Bennetts British Superbike Championship Standings (after round 7)
1, Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 239pts
2, Leon Haslam (Ducati) 201pts
3, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 199pts
4, Karl Harris (Honda) 110pts
5, Shane Byrne (Suzuki) 105pts
6, Jonathan Rea (Red Bull Honda) 96pts
= Michael Laverty (Honda) 96pts
8, Michael Rutter (Honda) 90pts
9, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) 87pts
10, Dean Thomas (Kawasaki) 64pts