World Superbikes: Rea takes podium as leader Bautista wins race in Argentina
Jonathan Rea finished third in Sunday’s feature race in Argentina as world Superbike leader Alvaro Bautista took the win.
Six-time champion Rea rose from sixth place to secure a spot on the podium while Toprak Razgatlioglu finished second.
Razgatlioglu won the Superpole race earlier on Sunday ahead of Bautista and Rea.
Spanish rider Bautista is closing in on a maiden title with an 82-point lead at the top with just two rounds remaining.
Bautista scored twice after win Saturday’s openerwhich saw Rea come second with Axel Bassani third.
Defending champion Razgatlioglu is second in the standings with Rea third and 98 points behind Bautista.
Rea was second when he left the track on lap two and rejoined the race in sixth place.
Bautista replaced Ducati teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi on lap five and was pushed by Razgatlioglu before pulling away and winning by 3.38 seconds.
Rea finished fourth and passed Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes in third with four laps to go.
“I enjoyed the weekend but it was really hard work – I expected to be a lot better,” Rea told Eurosport.
“I had no grip. I’m frustrated, it was like survival, I was surviving there. We’ll have Indonesia in a couple of weeks – it’s a good track for me and I’m looking forward to it. be there.”
Lowes, Rinaldi and Xavi Vierge completed the top six rankings.
World Superbike Ranking
1. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Ducati 507 dots
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Tur) Yamaha 425
3. Jonathan Rea (GB) Kawasaki 409
4. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Italy) Ducati 260
5. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki 217
6. Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Yamaha 212