Laguna Seca And The Corkscrew Beckon For Jonathan Rea And Kawasaki
The 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship will head west this weekend to California and the iconic Laguna Seca Raceway for round eight of the series. As the season enters it’s second half, current World Champion Jonathan Rea will take a 65 point lead in the standings into this race weekend.
Home to the unique ‘Corkscrew’ downhill section, Laguna has enjoyed two periods of inclusion in the WorldSBK calendar. It has already hosted 30 individual WorldSBK races and will host its next two on Saturday the 23rdof June and Sunday 24thof June.
The current adoption of the 3.610km long hillside circuit in the WorldSBK calendar re-started in 2013 and has delivered success for Jonathan, scoring two wins, including race two last season.
Action will begin on track for FP1 at 09:45 (GMT -8) with races being run at 14:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Laguna Seca is a great venue for Superbikes and I’m very excited to go there after Brno where we had been very strong. The American fans always bring the atmosphere, so if we can organise some good weather we are in for a great weekend. The circuit itself is very demanding and we have to concentrate on Friday to understand the bike and enable us to challenge for wins. Turn one is one of the most thrilling corners on any circuit so I’m already looking forward to my first lap!”