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MOST people think Dave Reynolds has done his dash.

Labelled the shock contender, the giant-killer, and the early season surprise packet after storming out of the blocks to challenge Scott McLaughlin (DJR Team Penske) earlier this year, Reynolds suffered a wipe-out in Winton to slip to fourth in the championship. And most think that is just about where he belongs.

“Yeah some people might think we were overachieving,’’ Reynolds said.

“But we weren’t. Winton was just a slip-up.’’

David Reynolds says he belongs at the front of the Supercars pack. Picture: AAP
David Reynolds says he belongs at the front of the Supercars pack. Picture: AAPSource: AAP

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F1 2019: Red Bull news Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t want to hear

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Aussie F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo may have his head held high after finishing strong with Renault on day four of pre-season testing, but nobody can deny this titbit from his former boss would have stung.

Likely wanting to put all thoughts of Red Bull out of his mind ahead of a huge 2019 season, the newly-appointed Renault superstar had to deal with his old team tearing it up on the track in Barcelona this week.

A new partnership with engine supplier Honda sees the Austrian-based team turn a new leaf going into the new season after a horror run of technical issues ruined Ricciardo’s back end of 2018.

A solid start from Max Verstappen — who hailed the new engine’s reliability after completing 237 laps over the course week — all but squashed the team’s worries about changing manufacturers.

Motorsport advisor Helmut Marko revealed the energy drink team had never gone into a season on such a high note, insisting they had entered a “new period” ahead of lights out in Melbourne next month.

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WSBK news 2019: Phillip Island, Jonathan Rea, Alvaro Bautista, MotoGP, latest, results, video highlights

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The World Superbike Championship revs up again this weekend for the start of the 2019 season at Phillip Island, and it could be a momentous year for the sport.

The thing I am looking forward to most is the man who has dominated the sport for the last half a decade – Jonathan Rea – and if he can continue to do so against some new threats.

Rea starts out to defend his fourth consecutive WSBK championship at The Island this weekend and while most people would say the pressure is on him as the favourite, I actually think the pressure rests mainly on the shoulders of the rest of the field, the riders attempting to stop him from steamrolling them on his Kawasaki once again and claiming a fifth title in a row.

Jonathan Rea heads down a straight during the 2019 World Superbikes Tests In Phillip Island.
Jonathan Rea heads down a straight during the 2019 World Superbikes Tests In Phillip Island.Source: Getty Images

He is on a red-hot winning streak, having won the last 11 races of last season but was knocked down to fourth during the official tests last week at Phillip Island.

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F1: Daniel Ricciardo, Formula One testing, Renault, Barcelona

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Daniel Ricciardo and Renault have again set tongues wagging at pre-season testing in Barcelona, but not everything is as rosy as it seems.

The Australian set the track alight during the morning session on the fourth day of testing, producing the third quickest time, behind the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon. It comes after he surprised plenty by running third fastest on day three of testing after a lame opening day and mechanical problems on day two.

Albon set the second fastest overall time of testing of 1:17.637 on Pirelli’s softest compound, while Ricciardo, running the same tyre put in a 1:17.785. His Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg was quickest of the lot, denying Toro Rosso a second successive appearance at the top of the end-of-day charts with a new benchmark lap of 1:17.393 on Pirelli’s fastest tyres.

However, his Renault soon afterwards broke down on track.

Speaking afterwards, Ricciardo said he was pleased with how his first week at his new team had gone.

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