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Rea believes he has upper hand at Brno in bid for wins milestone


By Roy Harris

The seventh round of the 2018 World Superbike Championship takes place this weekend at Brno in the Czech Republic, with triple champion Jonathan Rea looking to claim a record 60th win after two podiums at Donington.

Although Brno has been missing from the WSB calendar for a few years, Rea's Kawasaki Racing Team have tested at the Czech venue with positive results.

Although he didn't win at Donington, Ulsterman Rea extended his title lead to 64 points from Ducati's Chaz Davies.

After stringent new rev limits were imposed by organisers to bring closer racing, Rea has worked hard for his five wins to date this season and he is ready to add to that total this weekend.

He said: "I'm excited to be going back to Brno, as it's one of those wide open, proper circuits with great elevation changes and character. We tested there a few weeks ago and that should give us a head start.

"We set competitive times, so I'm feeling confident. The target this weekend is simple, we are aiming for the top step."

Fellow Ulsterman Eugene Laverty continues his return to action from injury hoping to build on a fine sixth-place finish in race one at Donington on the Milwaukee Aprilia.

Two top-six finishes is a realistic target with anything beyond that a bonus.

Andrew Irwin makes his first Brno appearance for the CIA Landlords Insurance Honda Team in the World Supersport class and looks to carry on the good form he showed at Donington, where he was inside the top 10 in the highly competitive class.

Irwin will have a new team-mate this weekend in the shape of Briton Kyle Smith, who replaces Finn Niki Tuuli, who has gone to the Moto2 World Championship.

Practice commences this morning with final qualifying and World Superbike race one tomorrow followed by race two and Supersport on Sunday.

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