Jonathan Rea moves up to second in World Superbike series

Jonathan Rea led for much of race one at Misano

Jonathan Rea moved up to second place in the World Superbike championship thanks to second and fifth place finishes at the Misano round on Sunday.

The Isle of Man-based Ballyclare rider led for much of race one before dropping back to fifth position.

Rea improved to take runner-up in race two behind series leader Max Biaggi who now leads Rea by 38.5 points.

Toomebridge rider Eugene Laverty was seventh in the first race and failed to finish the second.

He now lies eighth in the standings.

Honda rider Rea had to settle for fifth position in the first of Sunday's two races as his pace dropped markedly in the latter stages.

Rea started from the front row and led for much of the race before falling back, allowing Biaggi to win from runner-up Carlos Checa.

Biaggi and Checa both made up ground from well back on the grid.

In the day's second race, Rea got the better of Tom Sykes on lap 11 and fended off the challenge of Leon Haslam to take second.

Biaggi now has 210.5 points and Rea 172.

"Tyre choice was a nightmare today but we did what we could with what we had," said Rea.

"It feels good to be on the podium again," he added.

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