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Jonathan Rea was declared Superpole race winner at Magny-Cours. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp / Getty Images)

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Jonathan Rea took his first win in eight races as original winner Toprak Razgatlioglu after a tense Superpole outing at Magny-Cours was demoted on request.

Over the weekend, the Ballyclare driver was on par with his main rival in the championship in all three races, was beaten in second place on the track all three times, but later awarded the Superpole victory after it was discovered that Razgatlioglu had exceeded the track limits to displace Rea by 0.3 seconds in an exciting final lap.

Nevertheless, the championship leader was not deterred and returned to the track for the second Winning the Superbike race of the meeting with just under three seconds ahead of Rea.

The reigning seven-time champion Rea is now seven points behind his rival the ninth round in Catalonia from September 17th to 19th.

“I threw everything. I was way over my limit in all the fast corners and my front and rear axles slipped, “said Rea after the last race of the weekend.

” It takes that. Toprak is doing an incredible job, congratulations to him and his Team. We are taking steps in the right direction.

“I’m at the limit and we have to make it a little more comfortable. I feel like I’m getting the most out of the bike right now. It’s fun, but not enough to win at the moment. “

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Scott Redding took his first podium of the week in the last race and is now 75 points behind Razgatlioglu in the championship.

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