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Portugal is the future for rally star Rea

By Jimmy Walker

Published 03/10/2008

Ulster’s Jonathan Rea has a chance of winning the World Supersport Championship, but his mind is focused on the World Superbike in which he will ride next year.

Rea has signed up with his present team to ride alongside Japanese Riyouchi Kyonari as well as Spaniard Carlos Checa in a three-man team and the ideal scenario would be for the chance of riding in the final round of this years Superbike Series in Portugal.

"I am really looking forward to riding the new Honda." he said.

" I intend to ride in Portugal if there is no chance of me winning the Supersport title.

"Mathematically I can still do so; I am eleven points behind my team-mate Andrew Pitt before Sunday’s meeting in France."

Pitt would have to finish second in the final two rounds in France and Portugal — and after that he would be champion no matter where Rea finished.

Already this season Rea has knocked up three wins at - Brands Hatch, the Czech Republic and Italy.

He has what could be called a great deal of charisma at world level and the fact that he finished 2nd in the British Superbike last year suggests he could be one of the front runners in the World Series.

However, all this is in front of Rea. No doubt he will be looking at Sunday’s event with a view to winning it and this would make the Portuguese Supersport round impossible to miss.

Its all very interesting and knowing Rea, he doesn't take defeat likely.

He will be trying to win the final two rounds of the Supersport Series even if it means missing out a run on the Superbike for the time being.

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