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Rea dominates at Imola

Honda's Jonathan Rea enjoyed a dominant day at Imola as he won both races of the fourth round of the World Superbike championship.

The Briton set the fastest time in Saturday's SuperPole session to start at the front on continued in great form to take a double victory and move onto 139 points in the championship, four clear of compatriot Tom Sykes and his Kawasaki.

Rea led every lap across both races to hit home his advantage and was delighted with his efforts.

"It's been a great weekend for me," he said.

"I couldn't have imagined doubling up coming here. But I knew we'd be strong because it's a circuit I really enjoy and one that the bike goes really well at.

"It's a shame we have a test tomorrow because I think everybody in the team deserves to go and really enjoy the night and savour this moment but it's back to work tomorrow."

The Ducati of Chaz Davies proved to be the best of the rest and take two second-placed finishes.

Reigning champion Sykes finished third in the first race while Sylvain Guintoli filled the final podium place after race two, with the Italian strengthening his position in third place in the title race.