Big Eds Blog - Rea's perfect start
The World Superbike introduction of a reverse grid was brought in as a way of adding a new and interesting way to set the grid for race two, as well as preventing the fastest rider (from race one) from starting at the front and streaking away - as the new format stands the rider in P1 would go back to P9 and must work their way through if they want to stand on the top step again.
The last two seasons Jonathan Rea has been a class act, on and off the track. He's gelled with the Kawasaki and he's now on the hunt for his third successive Championship - if he accomplished this he will be the first rider to achieve this feat in the class.
With Chaz Davies having a strong end to 2016, combined with the likes of Sykes, Lowes and Laverty (to name a few) all proven to be unfathomably fast - there was obvious speculation that it may not be a walk in the park for Rea.
However, Rea once more basked in the Australian sunshine at the first round and bagged two victories - creating a ten-point gap and starting off his Championship campaign in the best way.
It wasn't a walk in the park for the rider though, I'll concede. Both laps came down to a last lap battle, of which Rea walked away victorious on both occasions - however going from ninth to first must be factored in when realising how consistently fast the guy is and if the first round of the championship is anything to go by, he's going to fight until the very end to keep that #1 on the front of his bike.
What are your thoughts, can he be stopped? If so, who's your money on?
27.02.2017 - Big Ed