Jonathan Rea is hoping a bit of 'working outside the box' during testing at Imola will see the Ten Kate Honda team challenging back at the front of the World Superbike Championship field at Brno following a disastrous meeting at Misano.
Both Rea and Max Neukirchner were classified comfortably outside the top ten around the Italian circuit as they suffered persistent handling issues, but the Northern Irishman resumed his front running form during testing just two days later at Imola.
Moving on to the Czech Republic, Rea is confident there won't be a repeat performance at Brno, scene of his first international victory two years ago in the Supersport class.
“After the disaster we had at Misano, I'm really looking forward to turning over a new page at Brno this weekend. I've really enjoyed riding the circuit in the past and took my first World Supersport win there a couple of years back.
“I'm hoping that my team will be able to take the information we got from Misano and then at the Imola test last week and translate that into a strong package that will allow us to challenge at the front again. We worked a little more outside the box at Imola to learn more about the bike and tried some fairly radical things. It gave us a small step forward but, at this level and in this environment, it's really difficult to find big chunks of time.
“I'm happy that the team has been changed around slightly to help us maintain our challenge and it'll be good if we can start at Brno on Friday with the same feeling we finished with at Imola last week.”