Hannspree Ten Kate Honda star Jonathan Rea has affirmed that his sights are firmly set on a double podium performance as the 2010 World Superbike Championship circus heads across the Pond to Miller Motorsport Park near Salt Lake City – with the Irishman admitting that 'we need to start putting races together every weekend'.
The seventh round of the 2010 WSBK campaign will break new ground in being the first time that the feature races are held on a Monday, as opposed to the traditional Sunday – in respect to American Memorial Day holiday – but as a product of the British Superbike Championship in his earlier career, Rea has raced on Bank Holiday Mondays in the UK many times.
A runner-up finish last time out at Kyalami in South Africa – his fourth rostrum of the year to-date, including a sensational double triumph at Assen in the Netherlands in late April – has maintained the 23-year-old's third spot in the title standings, level on points with Althea Ducati rival Carlos Checa but ahead on victory count-back.
That, however, is still some 81 markers adrift of long-time championship leader Leon Haslam and 66 in arrears of second-placed Max Biaggi – and that is a deficit Rea is determined to begin bridging sooner rather than later.
“I feel optimistic about the races at Miller,” underlined the man who claimed a podium in Utah last season. “Our bike has typically gone well there in the past. That's not necessarily the case year-to-year, but I am just looking forward to having a strong Saturday morning, getting a good base setting on the bike and working towards two podiums. We are at that midway point of the year, where we need to start putting races together every weekend and get working towards the championship again.”
Team-mate Max Neukirchner, for his part, is eager to regain his form off the back of a trying start to the campaign in the wake of his Monza injuries from last year – and happy to be returning to a circuit at which he shone two years ago and around which, as Rea alluded, Ten Kate has an excellent previous record.
“I like Salt Lake,” enthused the German. “It is a nice track. In 2008 I was fourth in one race and then second, so it is a good place with good memories for me. We learned a little bit more about the bike in South Africa and we want to try the chassis like we had it set in race two at Assen, when we finished inside the top ten.”