Rea Looking To Get The Most From New WorldSBK Venue
The 2021 FIM Superbike Championship will visit a new venue this weekend, August 6-8, at Autodrom Most in Czech Republic for round six of the season. Jonathan Rea will come to the unfamiliar circuit with his KRT squad having reclaimed the lead in the overall standings with a stunning triple win at Assen in the previous event. He now has a 37 point advantage over his nearest rival.
The 4.212km Most circuit, situated 100km north west of the capital Prague is built in a former industrial area and laid out in a long narrow format that boasts 21 corners, many of which are fast and flowing. It also has a hard braking zone however for the first, tight chicane at the end of the start-finish straight.
With no high level racing having taken place at Most in the past, the priority for Rea and the team will be find a good set-up and rhythm in the first free practice sessions, something Jonathan is looking forward to.
Free Practice will get underway at 10:30 (GMT +2) on Friday morning for a 45 minute session, repeated at 14:00 in the afternoon for FP2. The 15 minute Superpole qualifying takes place at 11:10 on Saturday whilst the weekends racing gets underway a few hours later at 14:00. Sunday follows a similar schedule with the 10-lap Tissot Superpole race at 11:00 and WorldSBK race two at 15:15.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “It is always exciting going to a new circuit. Most is completely unknown to me and the team. Going to any new circuit I would study previous races, either MotoGP or past races of WorldSBK, but even after scouring the internet for footage it is very difficult to find race coverage of Most. The layout looks nice, some fast and flowing corners so it is exciting to learn something new. When I arrive I will do some laps with my bicycle and do a track walk with my team. The base set-up of our bike is in a really good window and on Friday it will be very important to find a good set-up and a rhythm straight away. Step-by-step we will get ready for the race. We do not have much time in practice but I enjoy that - being under pressure. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do. We had a great weekend in Assen so it would be nice to carry on with that momentum behind us.”