|Rea has won at Assen for the last 3 years
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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.”