Jonathan Rea at double in points bonus
Northern Ireland's World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea took his 13th and 14th race wins of the season at Magny Cours yesterday on his factory Kawasaki.
The Ballyclare lad also broke the magical 500-point barrier yesterday and now sits on 528 points, just 24 behind all-time record holder Colin Edwards, whose tally of 552 was recorded back in 2002.
A jubilant Rea said afterwards: "I am super happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. That really was a double bonus. It was tough because I came here off the back of being really busy after winning the title in Jerez, so I did not get too much down time, and my typical training week was out of the window."
The KRT rider, who headed home Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli in race one and Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes in race two, added: "Pirelli brought my favourite SC2 front tyre this weekend and immediately from the first session I felt comfortable again.
"So I am really happy to have come out and not just have two podium finishes but a double win at a circuit I have never won at before."
In the first race of the day Rea waited until three laps from the end to take the lead from his KRT team-mate Sykes and earn his first-ever World Superbike race win at Magny Cours.
In race two Chaz Davies led for nine laps before Rea took control, going on to win by almost three seconds. Rea now has 528 points and a lead of 145 over second place rider Chaz Davies with Sykes third on 367 points.