Jonathan Rea is looking to get back to winning ways this weekend at Assen, a circuit he relishes the challenge of and feels he can exploit strengths at against his rivals.
After being beaten to the two race wins by Ducati's Chaz Davies last time out at Aragon, Rea heads to 'the Cathedral' where he's consistently been quick at since taking his first World Superbike double there in 2010 with Honda.
Rea, who has won seven out of the past 12 World Superbike races at the Dutch track, says he has always enjoyed the circuit as the rider can make a telling difference if bike set-up isn't at its optimum.
“We could be in for a great season especially as we are entering Assen, a track I enjoy racing at,” Rea said. “I have no idea why I go so well there but I really enjoy the place. It is a real riders track that - when your bike set-up is not working just perfectly - you can still make a difference. There are a lot of corners there that require different techniques than just the finding the brake point, apex and exit. There is quite a lot of technique to Assen.”
Having stormed to the opening three race wins in Australia and Thailand Rea has seen his championship lead slowly chipped away by team-mate Tom Sykes and Davies. After picking up useful information at Aragon on the new Kawasaki ZX-10R Rea is confident he can make useful adjustments to enable him to charge back to the front in Assen.
“Assen is a good circuit for me and our bike works quite well there,” he explained. “We learned many things in Motorland Aragon during round three, mostly that the base set-up we found with the previous bike worked quite well with the new bike.
“Hopefully the weather can be consistent throughout the weekend at Assen so we can build a rhythm and some consistency in our package - and with my riding as well. We did a good job in Motorland but we need to start getting back to winning ways again.”