Jonathan Rea is looking to continue his winning ways when the 2017 World SBK Championship resumes at the Lausitzring in Germany following the lengthy summer break.

The Northern Irishman remains well on course for a third consecutive WSBK title in the wake of a resounding first-half to the season, Rea winning nine of the 16 races so far in 2017.

With five rounds and ten races remaining, Rea arrives in Germany looking to further extend his 59 point advantage over Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes.

“I am really excited to get back to racing again after the summer break. Our test at the Lausitzring a few weeks ago was positive and I feel more confident about returning there after a difficult race last year.

“The track is very bumpy but we managed to find a good compromise with our setup and I feel good about our starting point for the weekend. During the break I prepared myself for the next phase of the championship. The target is to work in the same way we have been doing all season.”

Rea – who was a race winner on WSBK’s return to German soil in 2016 – faces few challengers for a third straight title with Kawasaki having also opened up a 115 point lead over Chaz Davies in third and a 152 point lead over fourth place man Marco Melandri.


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I was going to say if his bike broke down twice in a row, it would make the championship more exciting, but... He'd still win it comfortably in my opinion :-)

The question is not about the third title but rather what might be needed in WSBK to avoid that J.Rea's 4-th, 5-th titles  to be written on the wall, already.

With the current state of WSB the last thing it needs right now is a totally dominant rider to go with 2 totally dominant bikes. That's not Johnny's fault though, there's 3 other riders there that should be pushing him a lot closer to make it more interesting, and they aren't. He's just too fast on a consistent basis to give anyone else a look in.

Unfortunately WSBK has become a bit like F1 was for the last 2 or 3 years. Mostly 1 rider winning with a dominant team. It doesnt make for interesting racing.

I don't think you can say its a the kawk,at the end of day Davies mostly beats skyes,and TS never really beats rea minus DNF,if Honda had slightly improved the Honda rea would still be won it,he finished 3rd on it!!

bottom line JR is a different level and it not his fault MotoGP top seats are wat they are,so as a result I'm afraid you will just have to sit back and watch him fill his boots in wsb until he gets board.

go johnny ! At least in WSB we don't have to panic about dud tyres and rain cocking up results like in Motogp. I still like WSB.