Assen holds happy memories for Honda star Jonathan Rea

Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea
Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea’s record at Assen speaks for itself.

The Pata Honda World Superbike rider has won four times at the legendary Dutch circuit since 2010 and finished on the rostrum twice during that time.

It is little wonder Rea sees this weekend’s third round of the championship as a glorious opportunity to challenge for the rostrum places again hot on the heels of a confidence-boosting third place finish last time out at Motorland Aragon.

The 27-year-old is optimistic of his prospects of running at the front on Sunday as he seeks his fifth WSBK triumph at the ‘Cathedral’ to deliver another dream result at his Ten Kate team’s home round of the series.

“I’m really looking forward to riding at Assen this weekend because it’s a circuit that I really enjoy. There are lots of passing places and there’s usually a fast group at the front, which I hope to be a part of,” said Rea, who has finished in the top three at least once in the past four seasons at Assen.

“I’ve spent quite a bit of time there with my team over the years, and done quite a few laps developing the bike, so I hope we can get it dialled in quite quickly this weekend.

“Of course a lot of that will depend on the weather because, although we’re at the end of April it can still be unpredictable, so we’ll have to work on both wet and dry settings so we can aim for two good results,” he added.

“We’ve had a solid start to the season, with top five finishes and a podium at Aragon, so we’ll try to carry that momentum into the Assen weekend.

“There’s always a fantastic atmosphere there as it’s the team’s home race and we had another amazing’ Pitstop Day’ at the workshop last Saturday with a record crowd. It’s a perfect way to set up for the weekend.”

Rea is currently fifth in the championship standings after the first two rounds, two points ahead of fellow Northern Ireland rider Eugene Laverty, who finished fifth and sixth at Aragon following his maiden victory for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team in race one at Phillip Island in February.