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Jonathan Rea bags a valuable victory in rainy Rimini after a frantic delayed start caused chaos.

Two attempts at the race being completed and 25 minutes later, the race got underway. Rea bolted from the line to take the lead ahead of Britain’s Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes and Spain’s Alvaro Bautista. As the laps remaining decreased, the claps of thunder got louder and the nerves of all onlookers got more intense. Competitors dropped back despite the battle against the Italian storm, as warrior, Lowes, pushed on to catch Rea. The Derbyshire man managed to catch the four time World Champion and passed for the lead in the wet conditions. However, the Pats Yamaha teams’ weekend of woes continued when Lowes found himself finishing his race in the gravel.

Tom Sykes managed to hang on for second place, while Bautista salvaged a rostrum spot after a mistake from Chaz Davies allowed him to become first Ducati. Loris Baz took his Ten Kate machine to fourth with Davies in fifth.