Belfast Telegraph

Jonathan Rea can break Carl Fogarty's World Superbike record at 'home' circuit


By Roy Harris

Northern Ireland's three-time World Superbike Championship winner Jonathan Rea is back in action this weekend chasing points for his fourth successive title.

Rea lines up for his 'home' World Superbike Championship round at Donington Park with a 47-point lead over his nearest challenger Chas Davies.

He can become the rider with the most wins ever in WSB if he can win either of the two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Following his two wins in Italy Rea is tied on 59 victories with the legendary five-time WSB champion Carl Fogarty, also at the North West last weekend and himself a master at the East Midlands track winning his first WSB race there in 1992.

"I will have a lot of travelling support at Donington, the round closest to home," Rea explained.

"It is nice to come here on the back of a strong weekend at Imola, but we will have to work hard together as a team to make sure we can fight for victory. Donington is a circuit of two halves, fast flowing sections and stop and go sectors making it difficult to set up the perfect bike.

"This is the first opportunity I have had to surpass Carl's all-time WSB win record, so let's hope those supporters can lift me to a win and a very special record."

Rea will compete across Saturday and Sunday.

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