Rea aiming to repeat past Assen success

Rea has won at Assen for the last 3 years

Photo: Pata Honda 

Pata Honda teammates Jonathon Rea and Leon Haslam are feeling positive heading to Assen for the third round of the World Superbike season, having been successful there in the past. 

Rea currently lies in ninth position in the world championship standings, following 3 top 8 finishes. He hopes to emulate his previous success at the Dutch circuit, where he’s won at least one race in each of the last 3 seasons. .

The Irishman had a mixed round last time out at Aragon, where he finished race one in fourth position, eight seconds off race winner Chaz Davies, however race two didn’t go as well, brake issues forced him to pull out of 6th position, eventually crossing the line in 15th. 

Rea revealed “I’m looking forward to getting back on track there after our busy testing build-up to the last round in Spain. The boys have done a lot of work since Aragon and looked at a lot of data, so we’ve hopefully got a few new settings to try this weekend, especially around the throttle connection. We’ll start with free practice on Friday to try and turn it into a competitive package for two 22-lap races on Sunday. I hope the weather is a bit more consistent than it was last season but it would certainly be nice to get another good result at Assen.”

Fellow Brit Leon Haslam is also hoping to continue a strong record at Assen, having scored double podiums in recent years. 
The 29 year old has had a tough start to the 2013 season, with his strongest result a 7th in Philip Island. He now lies in 10th in the championship standings, one place behind Rea. 
Last time out in Aragon Haslam scored two top nine finishes and still hasn’t found a set-up he’s happy with but following tests in Spain he hopes to have made a step in the right direction. 
Haslam said “I’m really looking forward to getting on the bike again at Assen as we know that it goes well there from Johnny’s results here. I like Assen, too, and finished twice on the podium the last time I was here on the Honda CBR. We made a lot of progress with the bike during our testing in Spain but it was unfortunate that we had some issues which affected our race weekend at Aragon. Assen has corner characteristics that suit our chassis and there’s no long straight, so we’re hoping for better results this time out.”

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