Jonathan Rea was looking at the positives of an otherwise 'hard week' in Australia after producing an outstanding comeback from 22nd position to finish sixth in the second race.

The Northern Irishman, considered a title contender for Ten Kate Honda this season, had targeted podiums around Phillip Island, but had to be content with fourth and sixth place finishes after struggling to get the bike working around the Melbourne circuit.

Nonetheless, Rea was satisfied with his results, particularly his fourth place finish in race one when some precision riding allowed him to fend off attention from Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa.

However, it was his superb fight back through the field in race two following a mistake on the opening lap that he enjoyed the most, Rea catching and passing the likes of James Toseland, Max Biaggi and Troy Corser to secure a respectable sixth place finish.

"We've had problems all week, really, from the test last weekend, right through this one," he said. "We knew it would be hard, so, if fourth and sixth is a bad weekend, I'll take it. I was pretty happy with fourth, because I had to fight for it all the way.

"We changed the front a bit for the second race and I think it caught me out as I braked for the hairpin on the first lap. I had to let off the brake and by the time I got back on track I was last. It gave me a pretty strong motivation actually, and I really enjoyed riding through the field and passing I think maybe 16 other riders, which was a lot of fun.

"Now we're looking forward to getting back to some tracks where we know the bike works and to fighting for some podiums again."


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