Assen World Superbike preview

Jonathan Rea enters round four of the World Superbike Championship this weekend as the man with the arrow on his back once again.

Rea heads the championship by 26 points after another impressive performance at Aragon last time out helped extend his championship lead. 

The Kawasaki rider has picked up four race wins and two second-placed finishes in all so far in 2015 and will be looking to produce another solid weekend in the Netherlands.

The Ulsterman hasn’t taken long to adjust to life aboard his Kawasaki after he made the switch in the off-season from ten Kate Honda and he will want to continue his blistering form.

If history tells us anything the 28-year-old certainly can produce at one of his favourite tracks as he heads into this weekend as the most successful man in the paddock at the Dutch circuit with eight podiums to his name.

Former world champion and Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes has made gradual improvements so far this season and will want to produce another solid round with Rea setting the teams standards so far.

Chaz Davies claimed a first ever Superbike win for the Racing team and his first since 2012 in race two during last weekend’s visit to Spain and will be hoping that he can cause somewhat of an upset again this weekend. The Welshman produced a fantastic performance on a bike that is still the 2014 Panigale at heart which makes his result all the more impressive.

Aprilia Racing’s Leon Haslam has also had an impressive start to the campaign having grabbed pole position and his first ever podium at Aragon last Sunday he will want to build on his solid start that sees him lie second in the Championship.

Pata Honda return to their home circuit this weekend and with Dutch star Michael van der Mark in their ranks the team will be hoping to drastically improve on results so far this season. The former World Supersport Champion will hope to grab his maiden Superbike race win while team-mate and reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli has previous race victories at Assen in 2012 and 2014.

Championship leader Rea will be the man to beat once again this weekend but may not have it all his own way as the chasing pack look to hunt the Ulsterman down and break his domination of the Championship so far.