Rea completes Superbikes double

Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea has a 14-point lead over Michael van der Mark after round one of the championship

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea clinched a double win in round one of the World Superbike series in Australia after Chaz Davies slid off on the last lap.

As was the case in Saturday’s opener, the Northern Irishman and Welsh rider duelled on the final lap but on Sunday Davies came off after running wide.

That left Rea, 29, to finish .83 of a second ahead of Dutchman Michael van der Mark with Nicky Hayden in third.

Davies, 29, remounted his bike to cross the line in 10th spot.

Rea pipped Ducati rider Davies by .063 of a second in Saturday’s season-opener in Phillip Island with van der Mark taking third.

The Northern Irishman is aiming to emulate the achievement of Carl Fogarty, who successfully defended his title twice in the 1990s.

Rea won 14 of the 26 races last year and was on the podium 23 times.

More to follow.

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