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2014 Imola World Superbike Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after Sunday's races at Imola:

Rea wins again after dominating race one in Imola

Imola (Italy), Sunday 11 May 2014 - The sun continued to shine at Imola as the first race of the day got underway in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

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2014 Imola World Superbike Race Two Result

Nineteen more laps at 23ºC and everyone chose the Pirelli SC0 soft tyre as the warm weather settled down.

Once again, Jonathan Rea on the Honda led two Aprilias into the first turn, but Davide Giugliano took third place behind Sylvain Guintoli off Marco Melandri. Melandri struggled early on in the race, with both Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies passing him by the third lap, and Loris Baz took his scalp on the fifth as Davies, Baz and Melandri drag-raced the length of the straight.

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2014 Imola World Superbike Race One Result

Nineteen laps in the morning's race at 22ºC.

Jonathan Rea got so perfect a start that it looked like a jump-start, but it was confirmed that it was clean, and very quick. Rea was followed into turn one by Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli tried a tricky pass on Melandri, making an early challenge as is his style, but it didn't work and he dropped behind Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes after an off-track excursion. Davies did what Guintoli couldn't and passed Melandri for second place.

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2014 Imola World Superbike Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the series organizer and World Superbike and World Supersport teams after qualifying at Imola:

Rea wins Tissot-Superpole at Imola

Imola (Italy), Saturday 10 May 2014 - Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) has taken Pole Position for tomorrow’s two 19 lap races after a thrilling Tissot-Superpole session kept the large crowd thoroughly entertained. This is the first Tissot-Superpole win for Rea this year, the third so far in his WSBK career and the 45th for Honda in the series.

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2014 Imola World Superbike Saturday Roundup: Hot Wheels

Qualifying warmed up as the temperature climbed, with Superpole two taking part under a 29ºC sun and on top of a 51ºC track.

Jonathan Rea surprised everyone, including himself, by pocketing pole position, toppling Sylvain Guintoli from the spot. It's only Rea's fourth career pole position, and the previous three were when the Honda was considered more competitive, in 2010 and 2011, and a regular podium visitor. Rea has been quick all weekend so far, and is one of the riders considered capable of winning a race tomorrow.

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2014 Imola World Superbike Superpole Two Results: Uninterrupted Qualifying

Superpole Two was a game of two halves as riders went out on race tyres in the first half and used the qualifiers on the second.

The first half of the session belonged to Davide Giugliano and a 1'47.172 with Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies recording identical times, four tenths behind. The second half opened with Sylvain Guintoli slapping a 1'46.554 down. showing how the qualifying rubber worked.

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