Ulsterman Rea is now confident that he can finish every remaining race within the top 15 to improve his consistency and position within the series overall. He is therefore remaining focussed on reaching the chequered flag aboard the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.
The talented teenager completed a recent test at the Lincolnshire circuit to re-familiarise himself with Red Bull Honda’s home track. Rea’s targets were to work out the best lines and optimise set-up, rather than achieve the fastest lap time.
The Ballyclare rider achieved his objectives and now aims to use this experience to his advantage in Bank Holiday Monday’s two 18-lap races, which is certain to be appreciated by local fans of the Louth-based team.
Jonathan Rea: “I’m glad to be back on track after crashes earlier in the season and I’m feeling good ahead of Cadwell Park. I like the circuit – especially the Mountain – and this event has more significance because it’s Red Bull Honda’s home track. There’s always a good atmosphere in front of the local fans.”
Practice makes perfect
With Eugene Laverty topping the time sheets in all British Supersport Championship practice sessions at the recent test at Cadwell Park, the Toomebridge teenager is hoping to prove the saying that “practice makes perfect” on Bank Holiday Monday.
The 19-year-old has increased in confidence throughout the 2005 season as he has continued to gather experience in the ultra-competitive Supersport class. Recent testing with Dunlop tyres has also helped Laverty make further progress with the Red Bull Honda CBR600RR.
Using a new profile front tyre at the last round of the series at Silverstone, the Ulster rider secured his first pole position since making the step up to Supersport. However, this unfortunately did not help him achieve his first podium position finish as he had hoped. Laverty was unable to complete race distance after crashing out of the opening lap of the shortened 12-lap race.
Laverty has spent this week recuperating at home and is positive that he will return to form for Cadwell Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
Eugene Laverty: “I was a bit beaten up from the crash at Silverstone but I’m confident that I’ll come back from it as strong as ever. I had a good test at Cadwell Park recently and I’m hoping that I can make the same kind of progress over this weekend – most importantly on race day.”
Rookie’s roll continues
Chris Jones is aiming to continue his recent successful run of form at Cadwell Park on Bank Holiday Monday to consolidate his top three position in the British 125GP Championship. Red Bull Honda’s rookie claimed his fourth consecutive podium finish at the last round of the series at Silverstone.
The 14-year-old led the race from the start, but was forced to settle for second position after James Westmoreland passed him on the penultimate lap of the race. Jones was unable to find a way back past his rival for the victory.
However, Jones is confident that he can seal his third race win of the season at round ten at Cadwell Park. During the recent official test at Red Bull Honda’s home circuit, the Droitwich teenager set the fastest times in every British 125GP session. He feels that the practice will allow him to have a strong advantage over his rivals.
Chris Jones: “I was really pleased about getting another podium finish at Silverstone. It was a little disappointing not to win after leading for so long, but I had a good race. Hopefully I can aim for a win at Cadwell Park. I had a good test there and I’m looking forward to revisiting the track. The rest of the Red Bull Honda team has told me what a good atmosphere there is at the track with the local fans.”
Cadwell Park – vital statistics
Circuit length: 2.18 miles
Superbike lap record: 1:29.105 – Y. Kagayama
Supersport lap record: 1:31.222 – Jason Vincent
125 lap record: 1:34.419 – Ashley Beech
2004 BSB race one result: 1. M. Rutter; 2. R. Kiyonari; 3. Y. Kagayama
2004 BSB race two result: 1. Y. Kagayama; 2. S. Smart; 3. S. Emmett;
2004 BSS result: 1. J. Vincent; 2. T. Sykes; S. Easton;
2004 125 result: 1. A. Beech; 2. C. Elkin; 3. E. Laverty