He has already become the youngest ever person to secure pole position in the championship and has powered the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to three top ten finishes. Rea’s memorable performances and best results have been at the most recent events at Mondello Park, Croft and Knockhill.
Although Snetterton was not a favourite of the Ulster teenager last year, he is approaching Sunday’s race with optimism. The teenager’s aim is to continue to progress as a rider, starting with his fourth and possibly fifth top ten finishes of the season at the 1.952-mile Norfolk circuit.
As always, a strong qualifying position is important for Rea, but this is certainly within the young rider’s reach having started the last six races from the front row of the grid.
Jonathan Rea: “I’m really pleased with my performance and progress so far this season and I have Red Bull Honda to thank for a lot of that. I have found it much easier to adapt to the Red Bull Honda Fireblade than I did to the CBR600RR. My aim now is to maintain the momentum that I have developed already this season and build on it, starting with this weekend.“
Laverty in high spirits
Eugene Laverty is in high spirits ahead of this weekend’s British Supersport Championship event at Snetterton, after securing his best finish of the season at the previous round.
Having finished inside the top six on two separate occasions, the 19-year-old rider was determined to break inside the top five – an aim that he achieved aboard the Red Bull Honda CBR600RR at Knockhill. The result also elevated the talented teenager into the top ten of the series overall.
It was a hard-fought and well deserved placing for the Toomebridge rider, but he knows that he must remain focussed for Sunday’s race at the 1.952-mile Norfolk track if he is to equal or even better this result.
Eugene Laverty: “I worked really hard for that fifth position, but it was definitely worth it. I have proved that I can do it now, so I have no excuse for not finishing inside the top five more frequently. It is still just as important to concentrate on finishing races and maintaining consistency as well though.”
Jones at ease for Snetterton
Chris Jones is relishing the prospect of competing in round eight of the British 125GP Championship at Snetterton this weekend after regaining enthusiasm for the sport. The Red Bull Honda rookie is on a roll after securing three podium finishes in the last four races.
The 14-year-old feels that the whole Red Bull Honda package has really come together since Mallory Park and he has gelled with the team, which is making it easier for him to be a frontrunner in the series.
Jones is just two points outside of a top five position overall in the championship after racking up the points recently aboard the Honda RS125. His aim for this weekend is to secure another top three finish at the 1.952-mile Norfolk track.
Chris Jones: “I feel much happier than I did at the start of the season because everything was so new to me. I’m really enjoying being part of the Red Bull Honda team now and I think that it’s definitely reflecting in my riding. I’m looking forward to this weekend and hoping for another good result.”