Rea wins after dramatic finish at Donington

Rea escapes the carnage to take the victory

Rea escapes the carnage to take the victory

Honda rider Jonathan Rea has taken a controversial home victory in the Donington round of the World Superbike Championship after triggering a multi-bike collision on the last corner of Race 2.

Running third on the last lap, Rea collided with BMW Motorrad rider Leon Haslam at the final hairpin, which sent Haslam careening into his team-mate Marco Melandri.

Rea stayed upright to take the flag from Max Biaggi, Tom Sykes and Leon Camier.

The race had also begun in dramatic circumstances when Carlos Checa and Eugene Laverty clashed at the first corner. Checa fell in the incident, taking down Jakub Smrz and Davide Giuliano in the process.

A crash for Laverty in the Craner Curves then allowed Sykes to lead the majority of the race before being shuffled back in the closing stages.

Earlier in the day, Melandri created history by handing BMW its first WSBK race victory.

Melandri led home team-mate Haslam by just 0.73s, with pole-sitter Sykes, Rea, Biaggi and Checa rounding out the top six.

Biaggi now leads the championship standings by five points from Sykes after five of 14 rounds. Rea, Checa and Melandri complete the top five.

See below for Foxsports’ video highlights of the day’s racing

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