Jonathan Rea says he will be doing his utmost to achieve a lifelong ambition to stand on the podium at Monza, an objective he will be well capable of from third on the grid.

Rea's first front row grid position of the season, the Castrol Honda rider bounced back from an indifferent performance during free practice and provisional qualifying to prove on the pace when it mattered.

Easing into the third Superpole phase, the Castrol Honda rider went on to grab a front row slot behind Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty, giving him a good chance to get away with the lead group, a potentially critical factor at high-speed Monza.

"To be honest, I'm very happy and savouring the moment to be on the front row here because we've had a bit of an up and down weekend so far. We've been working really, really hard for tomorrow's races and the tyre choice is critical again here with the temperature going up and down.

"The front row is really important to get away with the front group, which will be quite a group I think. A big ambition of mine is to stand on the podium here at Monza - it would be really special, so I'll be trying my hardest to achieve that tomorrow."