The Catalunya round started strongly for the Kawasaki Racing Team, with Rea taking pole position in the Tissot Superpole session whilst teammate Alex Lowes secured 8th. Continuing that pace into the opening race on Saturday afternoon, Rea was able to cruise away from the pursuers to secure his 97th World Superbike victory as Lowes struggled with grip, eventually securing ninth.
Sunday morning’s Tissot Superpole race saw Rea finish second, losing touch with the leader after being caught up in a huge crash from Bautista, Lowes was able to improve his position to secure seventh. Rea’s podium marked Kawasaki’s 450th World Superbike rostrum finish since the series began in 1988.
Race two saw Rea secure fourth place, extending his lead at the top of the Championship whilst Lowes secured 8th place to move up to sixth in the standings.
The World Supersport class saw three podiums over the two races, with Lucas Mahias taking a brace of second places, whilst teammate Philipp Öttl secured third in race two, marking the first race both riders shared the podium.
The Junior Supersport class continued to see Kawasaki dominance, with Britain’s Tom Booth-Amos took his maiden victory in the opening race, leading a six-rider Ninja 400 charge. Race two again saw a Kawasaki podium lockout as Yuta Okaya secured victory ahead of Scott Deroue and Jeffrey Buis.
Here in the UK, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship rolled into the undulating Oulton Park for the fourth round of the season. The official Rapid Fulfilment FS-3 Kawasaki team enjoyed their strongest weekend of the year, with Danny Buchan taking two third places whilst Lee Jackson made a welcome return to the podium in the final race of the weekend, finishing third.
In the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, Fraser Rogers enjoyed his maiden podium finish in the class with third place in the second race of the weekend. In the Superstock 600 category, JR Performance Racing’s Ben Luxton doubled up on race wins whilst Zak Corderoy and Caolan Irwin ensured a podium lockout in both races.
Further podiums arrived in the Hel Performance Junior Supersport Championship, with Seth Crump and Andrew Smyth taking second and third in the opening race. Race two saw the top eight finishers riding the Kawasaki Ninja 400, as Owen Jenner took the win ahead of Crump and Cameron Dawson.