Jonathan Rea equalled his best result at World Superbike level after scoring two top five finishes in the latest round of the championship at Monza.
Although not quite the podium he was targeting after qualifying sixth on the grid, Rea enjoyed his most consistent meeting of the year in Italy, coming home fifth in race one before following it up with fourth in the second.
While issues with the bike towards the end of the race prevented him from matching team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari, Rea retains his status as Ten Kate Honda's leading representative in the overall standings in eighth position
“We just had a few problems with the bike in the latter stages of the race – I don't know whether it's the light fuel load or what, but it developed a bit of chatter which was quite hard to dial out after race one. I got busted by a pretty hard move by Laconi in that race and, by the time I'd got back past him, I'd lost touch with the leading group.
“In Race 2 I got a much better start and tried really hard to catch Fabrizio and Kiyo, but they had a little more left in the tank at the end. Still, I've equalled my best Superbike result and we've shown that we can race at the front now.
“I didn't quite achieve a podium today but hopefully the results are some reward for all the hard work the team has put in over the last few weeks.”