Double winner Rea closes in on World Superbike title history
Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea steers his Kawasaki in the direction of France in two weeks time, determined to make history as the first rider to win three successive world titles.
Another weekend double success for the Ballyclare 30 year old in Portugal, means he can clinch his third world title in a row the weekend after next at Magny Cours with two rounds of the series remaining, in Spain and Qatar.
Champion in 20015 and 16, his massive 120 point lead in the championship now looks unassailable. Unstoppable Rea followed up his Race 1 Saturday victory at Portimao, where he led from start to finish, with another in Race 2 yesterday, taking him to a total of 49 career victories, the third most successful rider in World Superbike history. The record is 59 victories set by legend Carl Fogarty whose five world titles achievement is now also on Rea's radar.
Even Fogarty did not win three in a row but that remarkable sequence is now in Rea's grasp.
Jubilant Rea said last night: "The championship lead is massive now - 120 points- and we go to Magny Cours thinking about trying to win it. If we have a solid weekend we can get it done."
Countryman Eugene Laverty, from Toome, finished a creditable fourth at Portimao yesterday and is 10th in the world standings.