Jonathan Rea will have his first opportunity to beat Carl Fogarty’s all-time World Superbike win record in front of a home crowd at Donington Park this weekend.
The three-time World Champion notched up his 59th victory at Imola to equal King Carl’s record, so just a single victory will see Rea surpass the record that has stood for nearly 20 years.
Donington is a circuit that has traditionally favoured Rea’s team-mate, Tom Sykes, who has won nine out of the last ten races at the birthplace of WorldSBK but it was Rea who knocked the Yorkshireman from the top spot with a commanding victory 12 months ago.
“I’m looking forward to racing at Donington this weekend as it’s the closest thing I have to a home round feeling,” Rea said. “It’s nice to arrive there on the back of a strong weekend in Imola and we will work hard together to make sure we can fight for victory again. Of course, Donington is a different challenge, with its undulating layout and a mix of fast flowing sectors and stop and go sectors. This always makes it difficult to set up the perfect bike, but we will try to find a compromise. This weekend marks the first opportunity I have to surpass Carl Fogarty’s all time WorldSBK win record. I will have a lot of travelling support so let’s hope that’s enough to get it done.”