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That was for Nicky Hayden: Jonathan Rea dedicates World Superbike title success

 

By Roy Harris

Jonathan Rea sped closer to a hat-trick of successive World Superbike title wins with another victory in Race Two at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California last night.

The Kawasaki rider, from Ballyclare, came from eighth on the grid to take a dominant win over the rest of the field, beating his nearest challenger, team-mate Tom Sykes, by 2.887 seconds, to open up a 59-point advantage at the head of the standings going into the summer break.

Rea immediately dedicated his second win at the American venue to the late Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP champion who died after a road accident in Italy in May.

Rea's countryman, Eugene Laverty, from Toomebridge, finished a creditable sixth in hot conditions after crashing out in Saturday's Race One on his Milwaukee Aprilia while Ducati rider Chaz Davies took third last night.

Davies won Race One on Saturday ahead of Rea and Sykes.

The championship now takes a five-week break until the next round in Germany over the August 18-20 weekend.

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