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Will Rea take his 100th win and a sixth title on Sunday?

Saturday, 3 October 2020 14:43 GMT

Know all the stats for Sunday as WorldSBK prepares for another record-shattering day of action

A phenomenal 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship took a dramatic twist throughout Saturday morning and afternoon with the track action being chaotic right through the second day of the Pirelli French Round. There’s loads to look out for ahead of the remainder of the weekend, from Jonathan Rea’s (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) quest for a 100th win on Sunday, to looking back on the first ever BMW 1-2 on the grid on Saturday, know your stats for the action on the horizon.

  1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) took his 98th victory, meaning he can achieve a 100th win in WorldSBK on Sunday. If he does, then he will be Champion regardless of where Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finishes. This would give Jonathan Rea a record-breaking sixth consecutive title, the first rider of an FIM Solo Road Racing World Championship to take six consecutive titles in over 45 years. Giacomo Agostini's seven titles in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship between 1966 and 1972 was the last time this was achieved.
     
  2. Rea’s victory is the 275th win for Great Britain in WorldSBK. With Alex Lowes joining his fellow countryman and teammate on the podium, it’s the 750th podium placing for Great Britain.
     
  3. Jonathan Rea will be aiming for his 185th podium on Sunday, which would put him some 55 clear of nearest rider Troy Corser and 73 clear of the nearest active rider which is Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team).
     
  4. Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) took his first ever podium at home at Magny-Cours. This is the first French podium on home-soil since Sylvain Guintoli’s third place in 2015’s Race 1 – his only rostrum that year on the Honda. He’s the first French rider on a Yamaha to podium at Magny-Cours.
     
  5. Tomorrow, BMW riders Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and teammate Tom Sykes will hope to convert their front row starts – although BMW riders haven’t taken a podium from the front row in the Tissot Superpole Race.
     
  6. Eugene Laverty took his fourth pole position of his career and his first one since Portimao in 2018, which coincidentally, is also BMW’s fourth pole in WorldSBK. His last pole also came with Shaun Muir Racing, but back when the team had the Milwaukee Aprilias.  
     
  7. Eugene Laverty’s pole ends Great Britain’s pole stranglehold at Magny-Cours, with only British riders taking pole ever since 2010. Cal Crutchlow, Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam being the masters of Magny-Cours Superpole.
     
  8. Laverty and teammate Tom Sykes are 1-2 the front of the grid after Superpole; this is the first time BMW have ever achieved a 1-2. It’s only the second time they’ve had two bikes on the front row – the last time was at Donington Park with Leon Haslam in second and Marco Melandri in third. Coincidentally, Race 1 saw the first ever 1-2 finish in a race for BMW; Melandri beating Haslam.
     
  9. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) is third on the grid and whilst he loses his pole streak which has been achieved in the last four races, he has equalled his consecutive run for front rows at 16. One more and he’ll equal the all-time streak set by Scott Russell at 17, from Brands Hatch 1993 to Albacete 1994. All of those were for Kawasaki too.
     
  10. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) achieved a career-best fifth place after Superpole. This is the first top five for an American after Superpole in WorldSBK since Nicky Hayden was fifth at Losail, 2016.

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