World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea on brink of securing second title

Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea has won nine races during the 2016 season

Jonathan Rea needs just two points from this weekend's final round in Qatar to retain his World Superbike title.

The 29-year-old is 48 points clear of nearest challenger, Englishman Tom Sykes, and a 14th place finish would be enough for him to retain his crown.

The Northern Irishman has taken nine wins during the season and finished on the podium in 21 of the 24 races.

The points accumulated by Rea and Sykes have already secured the manufacturers' championship for their Kawasaki team.

Rea is attempting to become Northern Ireland's first multiple world champion since Brian Reid and Joey Dunlop 30 years ago.

The Isle of Man-based rider would also be the first rider to seal successive World Superbike Championship successes since Carl Fogarty in 1999.

World Superbike Championship 2016
1. Jonathan Rea (GB)Kawasaki462
2. Tom Sykes (GB)Kawasaki414
3. Chaz Davies (GB)Ducati395
4. Michael van der Mark (Ned)Honda255
5. Nicky Hayden (US)Honda228
6. Davide Giugliano (Ita)Honda197

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