In a few days it's time to race at Brno and the Kawasaki Provec team arrives in the Czech Republic having missed out on the win in both races at the recent Donington round.
An unusual occurrence for the most-titled team among those competing today; since starting to race together Johnny Rea and Tom Sykes have left little room for their rivals, used to following behind the factory ZX10RR machines.
The team carried out tests at the track owned by Karel Abraham's father in April, preparing set-ups for the upcoming race weekend; an additional advantage for the championship leader, who loves Brno: “I’m so excited to go back and race at Brno as it’s one of those wide open proper race circuits with great elevation changes and character. We tested there a few weeks ago and that will certainly give us a head start when it comes to setup on Friday, so I’m feeling good about the weekend."
In Moravia Johnny has come great memories to inspire him: “I’ve had some great races in Brno in the past. It’s where I won my first World Championship race, in the Supersport class, and I also had a great duel with Max Biaggi in 2010 in WorldSBK. The target this weekend is simple, we are aiming for the top step.”
While Rea has a clear plan, Sykes too is confident: “We had a pretty decent test. We worked well and had a decent package for the test so we will use those ideas for our set-up. Brno is a circuit that I always enjoy riding at. It is a definitely flowing track and you spend a lot of time on the side of the tyre. It is an incredible facility and has all the ingredients to make it the world-class circuit it is. The only thing I noticed is that the circuit is quite bumpy now, but we will work with that.”