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Rea closes Superbike title gap with Misano double

Jonathan Rea won both races in Misano. Credit: UTV

Jonathan Rea made it two wins out of two this weekend in Italy to close the gap on World Superbikes leader Alvaro Bautista.

He took victory in Saturday’s rain-delayed race in Misano, before holding on for a dramatic win on Sunday after Bautista crashed early on.

Rea fended off the challenge of Toprak Razgatlioglu in the closing laps, while Bautista remounted to finish fourteenth.

The Northern Irishman is now just 16 points behind the championship leader as he looks to defend the title he’s held for the past four years.