Jonathan Rea says he will not let himself get carried away following his double World Superbike victory at Assen, although he is keen to capitalise on his improved position in the overall standings with a good run at Monza.
Rea lifted himself into title contention following the Dutch event with two fine victories, the Northern Irishman recording his first double at WSBK in the process.
Coming twelve months after Rea's 2009 season was also given a significant boost with good results at Assen and Monza, the Ten Kate Honda rider is hoping the strong form of both himself and Ryuichi Kiyonari – twice a podium winner last season – will lead to even better performances this time around.
“I'm really looking forward to Monza, though, and the results last year were not so bad. We know the bike works there because Kiyo (Ryuichi Kiyonari) got on the podium twice, but I can't wait to see how the new base setting transfers to Monza.
“It could have been easy to get carried away after the double win at Assen, but we're not naïve enough to think that our rivals haven't been working very hard since then. We certainly have, because we know how tough it is to get to the front and stay there.
“I'll aim for another steady start this weekend; building momentum on Friday and Saturday. You need a bit of fight and determination at Monza, as well as a fast bike, and I'm planning on bringing both this weekend.”
Rea is currently classified third in the overall standings, 38 points behind leader Leon Haslam.