Jonathan Rea claimed his 60th World Superbike victory at Brno in the Czech Republic on Saturday to overtake Carl Fogarty’s record of all-time wins.
The Kawasaki rider hit the front on the opening lap and gradually pulled away from team-mate Tom Sykes, going on to wrap up a milestone triumph by over five seconds.
Italian rider Marco Melandri caught and passed Sykes in the closing stages to snatch the runner-up spot on the Aruba.it Ducati.
Rea said: “I want to keep living this dream and try and to get 60 wins is nice, but I want to keep pulling away and that is the motivation to keep going.”
The race was stopped when Michael Ruben Rinaldi crashed out at Turn 5 on the third lap, forcing a red flag after the air fence was damaged by the his Ducati. In the first restart, a technical issue with the starting lights led to an abandonment, resulting in a another restart.
Behind the podium finishers, Michael van der Mark took fourth ahead of his Pata Yamaha team-mate Alex Lowes, while Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty had a solid ride to sixth on the Milwaukee Aprilia.
Race two will take place at 12:00 BST on Sunday.