Belfast Telegraph

Rea bidding for a double as he aims to stretch his lead at the top of the table

by Paul Lindsay

Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea will be hoping to replicate his double victory from 12 months ago, when he takes to the track this weekend at Magny Cours - starting with race one today at the French venue.

Rea was fourth quickest in free practice yesterday aboard his factory ZX-10R Kawasaki, and with just six races left this season, including two in France this weekend, the Ulsterman will be looking for win number 10 of the season today. Rea currently holds a 47-point lead over his team-mate and main championship rival Tom Sykes going into this weekend's action, but it was Welshman Chaz Davies - currently third in the championship standings - who topped yesterday's free practice time-sheets on the Ducati.

Superpole takes place this morning from 9.30am, with race one at 12pm (UK time).

The penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship takes place this coming weekend at Assen in the Netherlands. Local team Tyco BMW topped the opening free practice sessions with Christian Iddon, who headed championship favourites Shane Byrne (Ducati) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki).

Local riders Glenn Irwin (Ducati) and Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) were 14th and 15th respectively with Alastair Seeley on the RAF Reserves BMW 21st. 14 time TT winner Ian Hutchinson spent yesterday getting to grips with Assen the circuit for the first time and was 27th on the Tyco BMW. Superpole qualifying takes place at 1.20pm (UK time).

The final round of the NI Karting Championship takes place today at Bishopscourt, where a familiar face from the road racing paddock will be present - Cookstown B.E Racing's John Burrows, whose son Jack in competing in the Bambino class.

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