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Rea forced to battle with the elements at wet Assen

By Staff Reporter

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea is aiming to extend his 26-point championship lead this weekend in the Netherlands, but wet weather and a technical issue during day one saw him struggle to sixth place in Free Practice Two, leaving him looking for a top qualifying session before Race One today at noon.

Speaking at Assen, Rea said: "Friday has been strange, especially with the weather conditions. It looks unpredictable all weekend and already on day one we have had no dry track time.

"It's the same for everybody but it seems we have a good wet set-up. We did not get any wet testing during the winter so this was the first time we saw the new bike in the wet and the first feelings were not so bad.

"We played around with the balance a little bit, understood how it is on track when it is both fully wet and drying out, just to cover our bases."

At home, the Mondello Masters takes place today at Bishopscourt with Bangor's Robert English the series leader after a double triumph at the opening round in County Kildare with his IFS Yamaha squad.

The Bangor lad - a rookie in the Superbike class - is the reigning Supersport Masters champion and he heads the points from Randalstown's Gerard Kinghan and his team-mate Ryan Rainey.

Admission to the Masters event is £10 for adults with under-16's free of charge.

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