Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea was very happy to have completed a dramatic double win at Assen on Sunday with teammate Tom Sykes finishing second in race two.
Sunday’s race was one where the right decision needed to be made as to what tyres to use in half-wet half-dry conditions and Rea was spot on with which tyres to use when.
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In an interview with MCN News after his second win of the weekend, Rea said the tyre change was key to the team’s success, especially on Sunday.
“I just took my time at the beginning and just tried to stay in the group. I didn’t want to go too far in the front as I wanted to judge when the others were going into the pit,” said Rea.
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“Then I took the decision to go in early and it was the perfect choice. We were so calm on the grid, so calm when the rain came and even the team asked me when we were making the pit stop, if I preferred the intermediate or the dry. So I said let’s go with the slicks and they put the slicks on.
“I just took my time then at the beginning, probably a bit too much, and then, in the end, I had a lot of time to play with. I was so, so happy to win a double here for my team.
“This gives us good momentum now for the next few races,” he added.
In an interview with MCN News, Sykes said finishing second was not too bad as he had fantastic pace and the bike was working well.
“I think it was unbelievable pace we had, but it was a shame. We have a great wet system here in the Shark helmet and the initial plan was intermediate, then about two seconds late I decided on the slick,” said Sykes.
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“I just wasn’t able to get my Yorkshire tones through the Shark helmet to Marcel (Duinker). It’s a slight shame, second position is not too bad, but sure the slick tyre cost us the race win.
“We had fantastic pace, the bike was working really well, I just wasn’t able to get the power of the ZX-10R to the ground with the cut slicks.
“Considering yesterday though it was a big improvement and we certainly can build on this for the future now.”