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Jonathan Rea at the 2017 World Superbike Acerbis Dutch Round

Rea maintains iron grip on 2017 WorldSBK

Apr 302017

Assen, Holland was once more a home from home for WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea as the Kawasaki Racing Team rider ran to his third shut-out of the season in what was round four of thirteen in the FIM series. The northern Irishman was supreme once more at the twisty, flat and iconic circuit in the north of the Netherlands to win both races split across Saturday and Sunday and is becoming a super-charged force of statistics.

“It has been an incredible weekend of racing,” Rea understandably enthused on what was his third ‘double’ at Assen. “I have been especially happy with Superpole yesterday because the lap I made then was maybe the best I have ever made on a bike. I am really proud of that. Of course the race wins were really nice to take away.”


“Yesterday we had an acceptable race but today we never stopped pushing to find an ideal set-up, right up until 30 minutes before the race started,” the Englishman recounted. “Physically, I was obviously not fully comfortable with the bike set-up from yesterday but today I felt we had a package capable of winning. I just did not have the bike in the right place at the right time and did not get the win for that reason. I always kept trying and I am obviously disappointed not to take the win. But considering where I was even at the start of the race week, if anybody had have offered me two second places from Assen I would have thought it was never going to happen.”