WSBK: Jonathan Rea set to make debut at Laguna Seca

World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea
World Superbike rider Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea will make his debut at Laguna Seca in the USA at this weekend’s ninth round of the World Superbike Championship.

The series returned to the iconic Californian circuit last season for the first time since 2004, but Ulsterman Rea missed the race as he recovered from a broken femur sustained in a crash at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Rea, who was back on the top step last weekend in a wet race two at Portimao in Portugal on the Pata Honda, said: “I’m really looking forward to heading to circuit where I’ve not raced before. I hope quickly to get over the disadvantage of having missed the race there last year through injury.

“Of course, we’re going there on the back of a win at Portimao which was really good for the morale of the team and it’s important that we try to carry that momentum into the summer break.”

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty was a winner at Laguna Seca in 2013 and will be hoping for a repeat as he aims to climb a few places in the championship order following a tumultuous season to date.

“Much like Portimao I’ve been looking forward to Laguna Seca because I know that the GSX-R should work well round there,” Laverty said.

“The Suzuki showed very good potential last year so we will try our best and it would be nice to get some podiums before the long summer break. It’s been a difficult run lately but I will give it my all to try and get back up there.”

The WSBK Championship enters an eight-week recess after Sunday’s round in the USA, resuming at Jerez in Spain in September.