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Rea and Laverty geared up to put on a dazzling Dutch show

The third round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship takes place at Assen in Holland tomorrow and Jonathan Rea will be looking for a repeat of last season when he dominated the event winning both legs and setting the fastest lap.

Yesterday in opening qualifying Rea ended up ninth fastest in preparation for tomorrow’s two races, but was unduly concerned saying: “I was satisfied enough with today because we concentrated a lot on track temperature versus tyre combination.

“We got through a lot of work in that area, which will be crucial for the races and where they could be won or lost.

“I don’t think our position reflects the work we put in and I think I can improve the time and position quite easily in final qualifying and superpole.”

One place ahead of Rea in qualifying yesterday was Eugene Laverty who will be looking to improve dramatically on his form from the last round at Donington.

The Yamaha rider said: “Donington was a disappointment and I had two very tough races, but Assen is a circuit that I really enjoy having won here twice in the Supersport races of 2009 and 2010. Of course this will be my first time here on a Superbike, but I am confident I can do well aiming for top five finishes in the races come Sunday.”

Rea currently lies in sixth position in the Championship riding the Castrol Honda while Laverty is in twelfth.

Ballinamallard teenager Josh Elliott also rides at the Assen meeting where he competes in the European Superstock 600cc class qualifying in an excellent fifth position ahead of this afternoon’s race.

Meanwhile, Ryan Farquhar heads a formidable list of local road racers heading for Olivers Mount, Scarborough for tomorrow’s Ian Watson Spring Cup meeting, the first of the season’s pure road racing events.

Those making the trip to the hillside venue in North Yorkshire include Adrian Archibald, Michael Pearson, who will debut the Wray Brothers BMW, Davy Morgan and William Dunlop riding the Wilson Craig supersport Honda in anger for the first time.

All eyes will be on Farquhar who is entered in all 12 of the solo races on his KMR Kawasaki’s aiming to increase his tally of 68 race victories at the ‘Mount.’

This meeting is also the first round of the 2011 Duke Road Race Ranking Championship entering its tenth season and won on no less than five times by the Dungannon rider.

He said: “I’m proud to have my name on the trophy the number of times I have.”

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