WSBK: Jonathan Rea stays unbeaten with fourth win of season in Thailand Race 2

Rea stays unbeaten with fourth win of season in Thailand Race 2

12/03/2017 at 09:58Updated 31/03/2017 at 20:30

Jonathan Rea won his fourth race on the trot to extend his lead at the top of the World Superbikes standings in Thailand.

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The Northern Irishman started from ninth on the grid after winning race one on Saturday but immediately went to fifth after an excellent start and first corner.

The race was then stopped, with Rea in the lead, following a red flag after a Lorenzo Savadori crash spilt oil on the track.

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However, when the race restarted, no-one could catch Rea who streaked to victory again.

Tom Sykes then managed to pass Marco Melandri on the final corner to snatch a one-two finish for Kawasaki.

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Rea is the first rider to win the opening four races of the season since Neil Hodgson in 2003 and leads Chaz Davies by 30 points at the top of the standings.

Alex Lowes, Jordi Torres and Welshman Chaz Davies, who slid off in the original race, completed the top six.

Davies is Rea's nearest challenger in the standings, but the 30-point gap already appears quite substantial ahead of the third round in Aragon between March 31 and April 2.