ROUND TWO ANTICIPATION BUILDS FOR REA.
Jonathan Rea is looking forward to competing at a true classic WorldSBK venue when the second round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship gets underway at the TT Circuit Assen in Netherlands, between April 22-24.
After making a winning start to his latest campaign on his Ninja ZX-10RR at the Motorland Aragon opening round, Rea approaches this race weekend with a high degree of confidence. Assen is also his statistically best circuit having scored a class-leading 15 race victories there, ten of them on Kawasaki machinery, the greatest number of race wins at a single circuit for any rider in WorldSBK racing history; just one of the many records held by six-times champion Rea.
In the current overall points’ standings Rea is second with 54 just three points from the lead.
The schedule for this weekend differs slightly from last time out in Aragon with WorldSBK Race 2 taking place at 15:15 (GMT +1) on Sunday. The remainder of the schedule remains the same:
Free Practice 1 - 10:30 - 45 minutes
Free Practice 2 - 15:00 - 45 min
Free Practice 3 - 09:00 - 30 min
Superpole Qualifying - 11:10 - 15min
Race 1 - 14:00 - 21 laps
Warm Up - 09:00 - 15 min
Tissot Superpole Race - 11:00 - 10 laps
Race 2 - 15:15 - 21 laps
Jonathan Rea said: “I expect to do my best again. Of course, I expect to be strong, but you never know how strong. The level is really good now. I hope my bike works well from the first day and we can, step-by-step, build the package. I think the temperature will be a little bit lower than it was in Motorland, so we have to understand the life of all the tyre options and see what happens. But Assen is a track I really love. A lot of fans make the journey from the UK, so I’m excited.”