This weekend sees WSBK visit one of the most iconic venues on the calendar – TT Assen Circuit in Netherlands, known to all as The Cathedral of Speed.
Reigning world champion, and current series leader, Jonathan Rea is hoping that he can continue the run of form that has given him a strong lead in the early part of this year’s campaign.
The Dutch track is the Ulsterman’s favourite circuit and he is hoping that he can continue the run of form he has enjoyed on Dutch soil over the years – since joining the WSBK class full time in 2009, Rea has had 12 podium finishes, with no fewer than nine race wins, including double wins in 2010 and in the last two years, 2015 and 2016 on the Kawasaki.
Rea also has another reason to look forward to the weekend – Race Two on Sunday will see him make his 200th race start.
Rea said: “I’m really excited to go to Assen as it’s a circuit that typically I’ve been very strong at in the past. I really enjoy the layout and nature of the track. Sunday at Assen will also mark my 200th career WSBK race start so that, in itself, is something I’m both proud and excited about.
“The Assen weekend always falls around this time of the year and history has shown that the weather can play a part, so it’s important to be fast in both the wet and the dry. I’m excited for whatever condition arrives. It’s always a great feeling riding in front of the passionate Dutch fans, who always turn out in force.”