World Superbikes: Jonathan Rea earns first points as Alvaro Bautista wins in Barcelona

Jonathan Rea in action in Barcelona
Six-time world champion Jonathan Rea retired after only one lap of Saturday's race one in Barcelona

Northern Ireland's six-time champion Jonathan Rea earned his first points of this year's World Superbike series with an eighth-place finish in race two in Barcelona, which Alvaro Bautista won.

Rea, riding for Yamaha this season after switching from Kawasaki, remained without a point after finishing 13th in Sunday morning's sprint race.

He ensured he would not leave empty-handed with eight points in race two.

Spain's Bautista took victory ahead of Nicolo Bulega in a Ducati one-two.

It marked a 60th World Superbike race win for Bautista, who rose to second in the overall standings with his first win of the season.

But it is Italian Bulega, 24, who sits top after two rounds with 87 points - 12 ahead of Bautista.

Turkey's Toprak Razgatlioglu completed a successful weekend, in which he claimed wins in race one and Sunday's Superpole race, earning another podium place by finishing third in race two.

Razgatlioglu earlier took his second win of the weekend by producing a sensational move on the final corner, edging out Andrea Iannone after defending champion Bautista fought from 11th to take the lead at the start of the final lap.

British rider Alex Lowes, fifth in the Superpole race, is level with Bautista on 75 points in third after finishing sixth in race two in Barcelona.

His twin brother, Sam Lowes, finished 12th to sit 13th in the standings.

Rea, who retired after only one lap in Saturday's race one, was unable to get into the top nine points positions after a poor start meant he slipped to 17th place on lap one earlier on Sunday.

But, six races into the series, he is at last on the board for Yamaha with his eight points placing him 17th overall.

Round three of the World Superbike series takes place in Assen in the Netherlands on 19-21 April.

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