Jonathan Rea has his first shot at bagging a record-breaking fifth WorldSBK title at Magny-Cours this weekend, as ever, the Kawasaki rider isn’t tempting fate by talking it up.
Rea currently has a 91-point lead over Alvaro Bautista with nine races left to run. In order to take the title in France - and again upset the San Juan race promoters - he will need a 124-point gap when the chequered flag drops on Sunday.
Bautista fought back in Portimao and prevented Rea getting the clean sweep but the departing Ducati man has no previous at the Nevers circuit where it will, more than likely, piss down at some point over the weekend.
“It is a circuit that requires really good stability on the brakes and also a bike set-up that changes direction well,” said Rea.
I feel that we are prepared as it is will play to the strengths of the Ninja ZX-10RR in some areas and in some areas we need to find a set-up compromise.
“We need to keep one eye on the weather and one eye on performance. At Magny Cours you never really know what weather cards you are going to get dealt. In any case I am ready to get stuck in.”
Rea, and team-mate Leon Haslam, are excellent wet-weather riders and only a fool would bet that KRT team boss Guim Roda hasn’t put in place instructions for the reigning BSB champion to help out should it be required.