Laguna’s Hillsides Await Rea And Kawasaki Racing Team
Fresh from his sensational first career triple race win at Donington Park last weekend, Jonathan Rea heads immediately to Laguna Seca in the United States with Kawasaki Racing Team for round nine of the 2019 FIM Superbike World Championship.
After a nearly perfect weekend of team-work and execution in changeable conditions, the Donington Park results catapulted Rea into a 24 point lead in the title race, moving ahead of the previous long-time championship leader Alvaro Bautista (Ducati).
Four-time champion Rea has an enviable record at Laguna in the most recent seasons, scoring four wins in all since 2016 - including the most recent three in succession at the 3.610km long Californian circuit, located between Monterey and Salinas.
The Laguna Seca round, possibly more than any this year so far, will be the focus of great global attention after all the thrills, and occasional spills, that characterised an electrifying Donington Park round.
With seven race wins to his credit now in 2019 Rea will have three more chances to score full points at Laguna, due to the new weekend format in WorldSBK this year.
The lone American round of the championship is always a popular race weekend on the WorldSBK calendar, especially in the California sunshine. Once again it will be the final round before the start of the now traditional summer break, which will last until early September.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “Weekends like Donington do not come along very often but I enjoyed it and now we are going to Laguna, which is another great track with great support. I cannot wait, and the people love Superbike there. It is a very iconic track, with The Corkscrew and Turn One as well. I had a really good weekend there last year and I enjoyed it. You get to ride your motorbike in the sun, so it is pretty cool. It is very important to stay healthy and arrive there in good shape because there is a long summer break after. We have to make it count.”