Jonathan Rea heads to the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park keen to continue his winning ways aboard the rapidly improving Ten Kate Honda.
Rea provided the story of the Misano weekend when he broke his victory duck in World Superbikes and hopes are high he can replicate his form on home turf at Donington Park.
With the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR a race winner in the hands of Ryuichi Kiyonari
last season, Rea thinks the rapid rate of improvement of the bike is a good indicator of his competitiveness for the rest of 2009.
“I think the changes we've made since Valencia and the development with the CBR1000RR that we've followed for the last few races were demonstrated quite well in Misano,” he said. “Of course, it felt amazing to get that first win under my belt and I think it all bodes well for the remainder of the season.
“To be honest, I've never set the world on fire at Donington, but it was that same at Misano before I went there last week so I hope it'll be good. We need to keep making progress to have a good Friday and Saturday to set us up for the race on Sunday.”
Rea's only worry is that rain, a significant occurrence in last year's event, doesn't return as he admits the bike doesn't yet have a perfect wet set-up.
“I hope it's good racing, too, because the British fans will only get one World Superbike meeting this year. We'll just try to make more progress with the new suspension. The wet setting in race one at Misano wasn't spot on, so we'll need to find something there if the forecast is anything to go by.”
Rea has been one of the top scorers in recent rounds, rising from a low of tenth in standings at Valencia to now be classified in fourth position after Misano.