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Jonathan Rea soaks up TT atmosphere

By Paul Lindsay

World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea was able to kick back and relax this week at his adopted home on the Isle of Man, but only after he completed the Monster Energy Parade lap with team-mate Tom Sykes on Wednesday.

Rea was back on the island with his team following his fourth double victory of the season last Sunday in Portugal, and looked every bit the relaxed figure with a huge 134-point half-way lead in the championship.

Rea said: "I've been promising my team since the start of the season that I would bring them all here for a little holiday and the whole event is awesome. The island just comes alive and everyone is having a good time."

Speaking of the lap that he completed alongside Sykes and fellow WSB competitors Sylvain Guintoli and Chaz Davies, he recounted: "I've been out there before but never on a ZX10R, and the lap of the course was absolutely unbelievable.

"I almost hit two seagulls on the Mountain Mile and it's something I will remember."

Rea was keen to praise Ian Hutchinson, who has fought his way back from over 30 operations to save his left leg after a 2010 crash to clinch a hat-trick at this year's event.

"I think what Hutchy has done this week is amazing. Everyone in the paddock wanted him to win and some big movie producer needs to pick up on his story. It is the comeback to top all comebacks," said Rea, whose close friend Keith Amor was injured this week after a crash.

Amor suffered facial injuries and some minor fractures but was back as a spectator for yesterday's Senior TT. Rea will be back in World Superbike action next weekend at Misano in Italy.

"I have a comfortable gap but I'm not naive enough to think it is wrapped up," he concluded.

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