Rea Continues Title Fight In Most
The 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship reaches the half way point this weekend, July 29-31, with round six, at the Autodrom Most in Czech Republic. Six time world champion Jonathan Rea is well placed in the overall standings, just 17 points off the lead, following three valuable podium finishes at his home round at Donington Park last time out.
Autodrom Most is situated in the north west of Czech Republic, 100km north of the capital Prague and close to the German border. The track features 21 distinct corners and curves - a very high number for a circuit which measures 4.212km long. This leads to frequent changes of direction as the track weaves its way across the side of a hill, making it a truly unique and characterful venue. Track improvements for the 2022 season include resurfacing, improved drainage and enhanced run-off areas.
At the first visit of WorldSBK to Most in 2021 Rea secured two podium finishes and he will be looking for further success this weekend to maintain the momentum in his championship challenge as the series approaches the summer break. After this event there will be five weeks before the WorldSBK championship resumes at Magny Cours in France on the weekend of September 9-11.
The track schedule for this weekend follows the regular pattern (GMT +2):
Free Practice 1 – 10:30-11:15
Free Practice 2 – 15:00-15:45
Free Practice 3 – 09:00-09:30
Superpole Qualifying – 11:10-11:25
WorldSBK Race 1 – 14:00 (23 laps)
Warm Up – 09:00-09:15
Tissot Superpole Race – 11:00 (10 laps)
WorldSBK Race 2 – 14:00 (23 laps)
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team Rider): “Most is an exciting one because it is the last race of the first part of the season. It is important to go into the summer break with a good feeling and some momentum. It was a new circuit for everybody last season so we had a lot of learning to do. We hadn’t tested there so it was a more difficult weekend than we expected. Armed with all the data we gained last season, and the improvements in the Ninja ZX-10RR, I expect to start strongly. I enjoy the circuit and they have worked really hard to improve it and re-asphalt it in a lot of areas. I am expecting quite a different Most than in 2021. I expect a lot of local fans. I know when we used to race in the Czech Republic in the past they turned out in their thousands. It will be amazing to see all that support from the Czech fans. The target is to go there to maximise our opportunities and come away with a bag full of points before the summer break.”