The weekend started well for the duo, with both riders showing strong pace throughout practice before securing third and fourth on the grid ahead of the opening race. With wet conditions for Race One, Rea launched off the line to grab the lead, controlling the race from the front to take his first victory of the weekend by 3s with Lowes returning to the podium in third.
In equally dominant form in Sunday’s opening Tissot Superpole Race, Rea grabbed victory, his 99th career win, whilst Lowes was able to go one better and secure second. Tricky conditions in race two saw both riders struggle with grip, bringing their ZX-10RR’s home in fourth and seventh respectively. With one round remaining, Rea needs just three points to secure his sixth consecutive World Superbike title.
The wet Magny Cours weekend proved equally as successful for the Kawasaki Supersport riders, with Lucas Mahias securing second in the opening race before securing his first win of the season in race two.
The World Supersport 300 class saw Jeffrey Buis secure the opening race win ahead of Scott Deroue, giving their MTM Kawasaki Motoport team the Team’s Championship and Kawasaki the Constructor’s title. With race two again being held in damp conditions, it was Marc Garcia who won ahead of Buis.
It was a weather affected weekend in the UK for the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship too, with Saturday’s action being postponed. With a record-breaking three races in a day on Sunday, it was a challenging round for the FS-3 Kawasaki duo of Lee Jackson and Danny Buchan, with bad luck thwarting their podium challenge.
In the British Supersport class, James Westmoreland made a return to the top step in a soaked opening race, mastering the difficult conditions to win by 18s ahead of fellow Kawasaki rider James Rose. In the Pirelli National Superstock races, Jack Nixon and Ben Luxton secured second and third, whilst Danny Kent enjoyed a podium finish in the Superstock 1000 class.
The first title of the season was secured Sunday morning when Owen Jenner secured the 2020 Hel Performance British Junior Supersport title, despite crashing out on the opening lap! Taz Taylor and Adon Davie made it a Kawasaki 1-2, whilst in race two saw Jenner and Lynden Leatherland finish second and third.