WSB: No different approach for Rea ahead of final five rounds

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Jonathan Rea has said he won’t be approaching the final phase of the 2017 Superbike World Championship any differently despite heading towards what could be a record-breaking third consecutive title.

However, the reigning world champion heads to Lausitzring with a renewed confidence after a strong test at the German circuit earlier this summer. The event proved to be one of Rea’s more difficult rounds last year, meaning his title fight would be forced down to the final round in Qatar.

Currently 59 points ahead of team-mate Tom Sykes with just five rounds remaining, while Rea is far from safe he’s in a strong position should his early season form continue.


“I’m really excited to get back racing again after the summer break,” he said. “Our test at the Lausitzring a few weeks ago was positive and I feel more confident about returning there after a difficult race last year.

“The track is very bumpy but we managed to find a good compromise with our setup and I feel good about our starting point for the weekend.

“During the break I prepared myself for the next phase of the championship. The target is to work in the same way we have been doing all season.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing