News 3 Aug 2020

Redding takes charge following Jerez WorldSBK double

Defending champion Rea rises in Sunday morning Superpole race.

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Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) newcomer Scott Redding leads the 2020 standings after taking a double win at as the series returned to action at Jerez, Spain.

Redding took Superpole on Saturday and went on to win his first SBK race with Racing Ducati that afternoon in race one.

That victory came ahead of defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha), before Rea turned the tables on Redding in Sunday morning’s Superpole race, topping Redding and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha).

Race two on Sunday was a dominant showing from Redding, hitting the front early and comfortably crossing the line ahead of teammate Chaz Davies and Razgatlioglu, while Rea slipped back to finish in sixth position.

Redding now leads the points by 24 points over Rea, with former leader Sam Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) now third after going 9-7-5 across the trio of races on the weekend.

World Supersport was dominated by Phillip Island winner Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha) after he took both wins at Jerez, topping Jules Cluzel (Yamaha) on both occasions.

Race one saw Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki) complete the podium, before teammate Lucas Mahias claimed the final place on the podium in the shortened second outing. Australian Lachlan Epis (Yamaha) went 17-16 on debut.

In World Supersport 300, race one belonged to Unai Orradre (Yamaha) before Turkish talent Bahattin Sofuoglu won on Sunday, while Tom Edwards (Kawasaki) was 25th in the second race.

Detailed results