Rea was jumped off the line by Ten Kate Yamaha man Loris Baz, though a mistake for the Frenchman at the first corner allowed the reigning world champion to come through.
Immediately, Rea began to build up an advantage over Baz, whose pace quickly started to fade, with the Kawasaki close to a second clear by lap four.
Rea’s lead continued to climb over the next few laps, with it standing at over two seconds at half distance.
After Redding’s victory in Race 1 on Saturday put him back into the championship lead, Rea has cut the gap down to just one point ahead of this afternoon’s second feature contest.
Michael van der Mark scythed up the inside of Yamaha stablemate Baz into Turn 7 on lap seven, and though he was snapping at Redding’s heels in the early stages, the Dutchman was unable to close the gap.
Securing third, van der Mark completes the front row for Race 2, with Rea and Redding set to launch alongside him.
Alvaro Bautista carved through from seventh on the grid on the Honda to take his best result of the season in fourth, putting him a good position for a podium challenge this afternoon.
Bautista came through on Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes at the start of lap nine, with Race 1 podium finisher Chaz Davies getting by late on to complete the top five.
th on the BMW after running off at Turn 8 on the opening lap.
The Briton bounced over the gravel trap and re-joined in the middle of Turn 9, with Leandro Mercado powerless to avoid him on the Motocorsa Ducati.
Mercado had to be taken to the medical centre for checks having been stretchered off track, while the incident has been placed under investigation.
|3||60||Michael van der Mark||Yamaha||18'26.856||4.041|
|8||21||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||Ducati||18'30.404||7.589|
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