Jonathan Rea says he cannot wait to get to Monza for the fourth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship as he seeks to make amends for a bruising double DNF at the meeting last year.
The Northern Irishman crashed heavily during the first race at Monza in 2010 before getting caught up in a first corner accident during the second encounter, a costly weekend that undid the work of his double victory from Assen a week earlier.
Coming to Monza once again off the back of a victory at Assen, Rea is confident of better fortune this year, claiming that while the Castrol Honda CBR1000RR is not necessarily the fastest bike in a straight line, it is particularly good at 'generating momentum' onto the famed straights.
“I'm really looking forward to going back to Monza,” he said. “I love racing in Italy, where the crowds are so enthusiastic and the food is pretty special, too! It didn't go so well last year, with a big DNF in race one, which I think has become a bit of a YouTube sensation!
“Race two was finished almost before it began, but we still took a lot of positives from Monza last year. We ran at in the top three in all sessions and qualified on the front row, so the bike is a great all-round package.
“It may not be the fastest but it worked well generating momentum for the straights, which are so important at Monza. We had a bit of a breakthrough at Assen a couple of weeks ago and we want to continue those podium ways for as long as we can.”
Rea's first and third place finish at Assen lifted him up to fourth position in the overall standings.