Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz), Aug 1 (EFE) .- British rider Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing-Ducati) obtained his first victory at the Superbike World Championship this Saturday at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto of a close fight with his compatriot Jonathan Rea, defender of the title.
In this category ‘queen’ of Superbikes, Redding doubled, getting the ‘pole’ and victory.
In the race, the reigning world champion, the Northern Irishman Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), took command, following in his wake Razgatlioglu, Redding, Baz, Sykes, Baptist, Van der Mark and Haslam.
Rea led a group of four with Redding second, who had given a good account of Razgatlioglu and Baz, joining laps later Chaz Davies.
Redding, from his second place, studied the Irishman to try to unseat him from the first position, which he successfully achieved in the Pedrosa corner, not to abandon the first position later.
The Spanish Álvaro Bautista (Honda) finished in seventh position, while Xavi Fores (Kawasaki), with problems in his front end, did so in thirteenth place.
The also Spanish pilot Unai Orradre (Yamaha), meanwhile, achieved victory this Saturday in the first race of the weekend in the Supersport 300 category, which closed the testing program for the day of the second World Cup event of the season in the resumed World Superbike Championship.
Orradre achieved the first victory in his record in this contest, fighting the entire race in the front group to deliver a knock-on effect.
The Basque felt confident, taking a few meters ahead of an extensive chasing group that in the end were enough to achieve victory.
Behind, fighting for the podium in the last corner, came a compact group of seven drivers who had been fighting for the remaining two places in the box.
Among them, the Spanish Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki), who touched another competitor and went under braking, losing her options to finish seventh.
British Tom Booth-Amos (Kawasaki) took second and Dutch Scott Deroue (Kawasaki) third.
Unai Orradre said after the race in statements released by the organization that it was “difficult” and that after fighting in the leading group and seeing that he had “a little more rhythm” he decided to “shoot” to see if he could escape to the triumph.
In Supersport, the victory in the first race of the weekend was claimed by the Italian Andrea Locatelli (Yamaha), ahead of the French Jules Cluzel (Yamaha), second classified.
This Sunday the rest of the races of the weekend will take place.
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