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Rea savours Assen double

Jonathan Rea savours a new landmark in his World Superbike career as he completes two race wins for Ten Kate Honda at Assen.
Jonathan Rea has lifted himself back into the World Superbike title fight with a resounding double victory on Ten Kate Honda's home ground at Assen.

The first time the Northern Irishman has won two races on one weekend, although pole position and two wins signals a perfect weekend for Rea, the strength of the competition in each race belied the suggestion of a dominant 'clean sweep'.

Crucially for Rea, it was ability to make a series of aggressive, but clean, passes that made the difference, as well as his speed in clear air that made him difficult to beat in the closing stages of each race.

Reflecting on the best weekend of his motorcycling career, Rea praised the Ten Kate team for giving him a bike capable of challenging up at the front after a couple of difficult weekends.

“You know, it's been great, but I couldn't have done it without my team; they gave me a fantastic bike today, so thanks to everyone – my crew chief, data guy, suspension guy, everyone involved.

“We changed the balance of the bike quite a lot for this weekend and it's made it more comfortable to ride. I guess you could say that today's two races were probably the smartest I've ever ridden; I never got frustrated or caught in traffic and, when it was time to pull the pin, I did, and I'm really, really happy with the double. It's a clean sweep with pole position, a double win and, I think the fastest lap, so I'm as proud as punch and I can't wait to take this home.

Furthermore, Rea's perfect 50 points haul has launched straight back up the championship order into third position, 38 points adrift of Leon Haslam.

“I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and going to Monza but we'll definitely savour the moment and I'll stick around the hospitality this evening and definitely by the big boss a drink!”



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Obenz - Unregistered

April 25, 2010 9:39 PM

This boy is simply sensational.....has raw speed, natural aggression, overtaking guile and incredidible self belief! He reminds me of James Toseland in so many ways. However though they did a fair bit of testing on the circuit the week plus before so that gave Rea a litle heads up on the others in terms of qualifying and race settings etc. He will win more races this year as this Double will be a great confidence Booster. I've been watching WSB for nearly 20 years and I simply cannot remember a season with so many strong riders on fast and reasonably equal machinery......what a corker!! Cant wait for Monza......!



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