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Rea to maintain drive for title despite setbacks

By Jimmy Walker

It is now head down and a relentless push for the championship for Jonathan Rea after a day of mixed fortunes in the latest round of the British Superbike at Cadwell Park yesterday.

"My back is to the wall and I intend to come out fighting over the final two rounds and four races," said Rea after crashing twice in the opening heat and then winning the final race yesterday.

In the first Superbike, Rea crashed after leading then crashed again when lying in eighth place. The winner was Leon Haslam with Rea's team-mate and championship leader Riyouchi Kiyonari in second place and Tom Sykes third.

"What a disaster," said Rea, who badly needed championship points at this stage for he was a close second to Kiyonari.

But Rea crashing out gave Kiyonari a major advantage. Although Rea won the second race, the fact that Kiyonari was runner-up meant that with two rounds to go Kiyonari led on 388 points with Rea on 347.

"It's going to be a hard battle. I know it," said Rea. "In many ways I missed my chance today, but what can you do. You have to pick the cards as they are dealt. I've now got to put it all in over the last four races."

Kiyonari second place behind Rea in the second race consolidated the Japanese rider's position at the head of the field with Gregorio Lavilla finishing third, Cal Crutchlow fourth, Tom Sykes fifth and Chris Walker sixth.

So its all nothing as far as Rea is concerned and who knows what may happen in the last two rounds.

Meanwhile, in the Supersport 600 Championship there is a rosier scene for Ulster after Michael Laverty won yesterday's round and is poised to take the title.

It wasn't such a good day for Ian Lowry who fell off and as a result lost his second place in the championship which now goes to Denis Hobbs who is 37 points behind Laverty.

Meanwhile, in the Superstock Championship John Laverty finished second to improve his championship hopes.

Over on the Isle of Man, Ryan Farquhar won the Senior Manx Classic with race and lap records and could make it a double when he competes later in the week.

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