Rea on the podium in Misano

Published Sunday, 10 June 2012
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Ballyclare rider Jonathan Rea has climbed to second place in the World Superbike rankings after a podium finish in Sunday's race meeting at Misano.

Rea on the podium in Misano
Jonathan Rea, Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam pose on the podium in Misano (© Getty)

Rea, who took a fifth-placed finish in Race One, finished second in Race Two behind winner and Championship leader Max Biaggi, who took the chequered flag more than five seconds clear of the field.

After a heated battle with Rea, Leon Haslam had to settle for third.

Meanwhile Rea's compatriot Eugene Laverty admitted it was "a bad day at the office" for him as he endured a disastrous day at the San Marino circuit.

The Toomebridge rider finished seventh in Race One before crashing out in Race Two.

He later vented his frustration on Twitter, writing: "It's clear where we need to improve so I'm looking forward to the upcoming Aragon test. Time to turn my season around!"

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