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Jonathan Rea wins in Misano to cut gap on Bautista

Jonathan Rea has won the World Superbike title the last four seasons.
Jonathan Rea has won the World Superbike title the last four seasons.

Jonathan Rea has closed the gap to World Superbike Leader Alvaro Bautista to 16 points after winning the final race at Misano.

The Northern Ireland racer won Saturday's opener but had to settle for fifth as Bautista took victory in the sprint race on Sunday morning.

Bautista slid off while leading the final race but Rea moved to the front with four laps to go.

Rea held off a strong challenge from Toprak Razgatlioglu to clinch the win.

It could prove a vital win as Rea gained 23 points on Bautista, who finished 14th.

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