Race Two at the season opener at Phillip Island proved to be another scintillating battle between the leading riders, with Johnny Rea again prevailing and securing another race won.
It was Rea’s team-mate Tom Sykes who got off the line strongly from pole position, followed closely by Rea and the rejuvenated Davide Giugliano, Michael Van Der Mark, who is riding the wheels off the ageing Fireblade and Ducati rider Chaz Davies.
Sykes looked strong and was giving a riding masterclass until he ran wide at Turn 4 on Lap 13, losing three places. Reigning world champion Rea needed no second invitation and dived into first place. However, his lead was short lived and Van Der Mark overtook the Ulsterman just one lap later.
Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden was also putting in a strong ride on the Blade, overtaking Sykes and Giugliano to move into fourth.
The leading group continued to push each other hard and on the penultimate lap Ducati rider Chaz Davies attacked race leader Van Der Mark and second placed Rea, taking the lead with a lap to go. Rea struck straight back at the Southern Loop, reclaiming first spot on the final lap but Davies was desperate for the win, climbing all over the back of the Kawasaki. Davies looked like he had the measure of Rea but lost the front pushing too hard into Turn 4 and crashed out.
That left Rea out in front to complete a splendid double win with Michael Van Der Mark behind him, followed by an excellent Davide Giugliano who managed to get past Nicky Hayden in the final series of turns.