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Rea covets fitting end to 'amazing' year
3 October 2012
Jonathan Rea intends to round off an 'amazing year' with a high-flying performance at Magny-Cours in France this weekend.
Ulsterman Rea filled in for Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner at the Misano and Aragon MotoGP rounds in a whirlwind climax to his season, switching between the World Superbike and Grand Prix paddocks during a hectic month.
With Aussie Stoner confirming his return from injury at next weekend's Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, Sunday's final WSBK round will be Rea's last race outing of the 2012 season and the Northern Irishman is determined to make his presence felt in France.
Rea, who recently signed a contract extension to remain with Honda in World Superbikes in 2013 and was a winner in the Suzuka 8 Hours this year, said: “I'm really looking forward to going to Magny-Cours this weekend and trying to finish this season off in style.
“We often get some variable weather at this race, with pretty cold mornings, but it would be really nice to avoid another race that's dictated by conditions like we've had a few times this year, including race one at Portimao.
“It's especially frustrating when we've got the bike working well like we did there,” he added.
“I really like the Magny-Cours circuit though and I hope to have a couple of good races to complete the amazing journey that I've been on these last few weeks.
“It's not just the last few weeks, actually – 2012 has been an unbelievable year for me, both professionally and personally.
“I'd like to get it finished properly and then get home to recharge the batteries and get myself motivated again to start pre-season testing and prepare for 2013.”
Rea is currently fifth in the championship standings, 23 points behind Carlos Checa and 14 ahead of fellow countryman Eugene Laverty.
He finished on the podium as the runner-up behind Laverty in race two at Portimao last time out.
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