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World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea comes in second in dramatic race in Jerez

Jonathan Rea finished second in Sunday's race
Jonathan Rea finished second in Sunday's race

Jonathan Rea finished second in a dramatic World Superbike race at the weekend, as series leader Alvaro Bautista crashed out.

Four-time champion Rea, who started from fourth after Sunday's Superpole race, was handed the lead after Bautista slid off on lap two.

On Saturday, Rea was penalised for bringing down Englishman Alex Lowes on the final corner.

The Northern Irishman led the way only to be overtaken on lap seven by Michael van der Mark, who stayed in front until a red flag halted the race with two laps to go.

An investigation is underway after Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies collided as they battled for third, with Lowes sliding off in the opening minute.

Rea second place in Spain saw him close the gap on Bautista at the top of the Championship table to 41 points.

"Today was much better than yesterday - I managed to stay out of trouble and ride my own race," Rea told Eurosport.

"I was shocked when I saw Alvaro going down and it took me a few laps after that to regain my rhythm.

"I had no answer to Michael, who was incredible. I decided it was best to consolidate after a difficult weekend and get the points to close the gap at the top."

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