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Lombok WorldSBK: Rea ready to ‘fight to the end’

Jonathan Rea will defend his WorldSBK title at a brand new venue this weekend, Lombok’s Mandalika International Street Circuit.

Kawasaki's six-time world champion heads to Indonesia 30 points adrift of Pata Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu with 62 up for grabs, and an even playing field on which to fight.

The newly finished 4.3kms, 17-turn island layout welcomes international action for the first time this weekend, with no prior knowledge, data or experience available to assist Rea in his title fight at the final round. The Northern Irishman, however, remains calm in his approach and eager to get the job done come race day.


“After a few weeks at home preparing, I’m very excited to go to Mandalika and get the last round of the championship underway,” Rea said ahead of the 2021 climax.

“I’m curious to see the circuit for the first time. First impressions from images I’ve found of it are great. It looks like a circuit that will suit the strengths of our ZX10-RR.

“We will work hard on Friday to learn the circuit and fine tune our settings. We will arrive there 30 points behind in the championship battle but we will fight to the end.

“I feel all the pressure is off now; I can ride free with nothing to lose and the target is clear. With three points-scoring opportunities lying ahead I will give 100% to get the maximum possible.”

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