Jonathan Rea says all bets are off on him to continuing his winning run this weekend at Donington Park for the sixth round of the 2015 World Superbike championship, despite ending Friday's free practice third overall.
The current championship leader has been an all-conquering force in 2015, taking eight victories and two second place finishes in the opening ten races. The Kawasaki rider finished the day in third and only 0.311s off his team-mate Tom Sykes, who topped the timesheet ahead of Davide Giugliano in second, but feels winning will be a tough order at the Leicestershire track.
“I wouldn't bet on me at all right now,” Rea said. “Over one lap there are quite a few guys who are fast like Davide [Giugliano] and Tom [Sykes]. I'm also really happy to see Leon Camier being so strong in the first session because he deserves a break. But there are so many. I'm aiming for the front row or front two rows and work through the race as we have done this season and hopefully it'll pay off.”
Rea believes the two riders in front of him at Donington will prove to be the men to beat. The championship leader says he has been concentrating on his own race but feels if Sykes can replicate his strong and consistent runs from practice into the races, then he will be very difficult to beat around the Leicestershire track.
“Davide quietly works through the weekend and is always there,” he explained. “My team-mate is not completely the opposite. He is always there in practice but sometimes in the race he can surprise that he is not there. But for sure he is the strongest guy this weekend. He has an incredible pace, doing 28s at will.”
While hunting outright pace throughout the day, the Northern Irish rider says he was focusing on finding consistency on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Rea says he has made significant strides forward in the race simulation runs but his feeling with the machine has lacked.
“I'm happy with the consistency I've found on the bike but my feeling has not been so good. We need to improve that tomorrow,” he added.