Elias rules La­guna

Motorcycle News (UK) - - SPORT -

A full Mo­toamer­ica race week­end took place along­side the World Su­per­bike races at La­guna, with an old Mo­togp and WSB rider – Toni Elias – win­ning each do­mes­tic-se­ries su­per­bike race on a Yoshimura Suzuki.

Rea told MCN: “Now we can eval­u­ate the first part of the year and get re­freshed for the fi­nal push. Noth­ing changes in my ap­proach, but now Tom is my clos­est rival so now we need to pay more at­ten­tion to what he is do­ing. Noth­ing needs to change from week­end to week­end. We will just do our thing and the feel­ing I have with the ZX-10RR is re­ally good. Hope­fully we can make some small steps to give me some ex­tra feel­ing on the front in our next test in Lausitzring. What we re­ally need is an up­grade in our en­gine spec but you can’t click your fin­gers and make that hap­pen. The guys at Kawasaki Ja­pan are work­ing hard on that but it is not some­thing that is just go­ing to ar­rive and sud­denly give us a lot more ac­cel­er­a­tion.

“I want to en­joy the last part of the year and Por­ti­mao is one of my favourites and so is Magny-cours. I want to tar­get these next three races to be as strong as pos­si­ble and home-in on the ul­ti­mate tar­get in the last few races. Last year I had such an in­cred­i­ble start to the year but this year we have had some dif­fi­cult races al­ready. But I think this year how we got every­thing to­gether is bet­ter be­cause we got a han­dle on our base set­ting in win­ter test­ing.”

‘It was one of those races that don’t hap­pen of­ten… al­most ef­fort­less’ JONATHAN REA

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