Jonathan Rea remounts to claim third as Tom Sykes closes gaps with win
Word champion Jonathan Rea collided with Chaz Davies on the final lap at Misano before remounting to finish third behind winner Tom Sykes in a dramatic finish.
In the first World Superbike race of the weekend at Misano, Sykes enjoyed victory to reduce Rea's lead in the title race to 46 points.
But the race will be remembered for the awful crash that saw Rea hit Davies, who had been leading before being taken to hospital for checks.
Kawasaki rider Sykes cashed in with the win as fellow Englishman Alex Lowers sped to second on his Yamaha.
"I'm sorry that I hit Chaz but I had nowhere to go," said Rea. "I was thinking about making a move on the last corner but Chaz made a mistake and that was that.
"I feel sorry for Michael too as the pace he was setting was incredible and he should have been standing on the podium."
The second race of the weekend takes place at 12pm on Sunday before the championship heads to Laguna Seca on July 8 and 9.
WSB CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Jonathan Rea (GB) Kawasaki 276 pts
- Tom Sykes (GB) Kawasaki 230
- Chaz Davies (GB) Ducati 185
- Alex Lowes (GB) Yamaha 141
- Marco Melandri (It) Ducati 138
- Xavi Torres (Sp) Ducati 110