May 23rd

WorldSBK champion Rea looks to end team mate’s Donington domination

Reigning double World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea is committed to ending his team mate Tom Sykes’ run of domination at Donington Park this weekend (26-28 May).

The Northern Irishman has won seven of this year’s 10 World Superbike races as he aims to become a triple champion, but has not won at Donington Park since 2012, while Sykes has claimed eight wins in a row at the circuit.

“It’s been a long time since I won at Donington, so putting that right is the main target of the weekend!” Rea commented.

“I’m really excited about coming back to Donington Park after a great start to the season. The track itself is a lot of fun but it is also challenging to find a good balance between stability in the heavy braking areas, and agility in the fast and flowing parts.”

For the first time this season, Rea did not take a win last time out at Imola, with chief rival Chaz Davies taking a double win to intensify a rivalry that ignited during the Superpole session at Assen. But Rea is confident of a return to winning ways this weekend: “After Imola we have a better understanding of our bike and I’m looking forward to putting some new set-up ideas in place.”

“I have received great support at the past at Donington and I know a lot of people are travelling from Northern Ireland, so it will definitely have the 'home race' feel.”

Tickets for the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at Donington Park this weekend are available in advance until 11am on Thursday 5 May, priced from £28 with free entry for children aged 13 and under. For more information, click here.

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