Jonathan Rea says he is determined to get back to the 'sharp end' of the World Superbike Championship field at Misano this weekend following a disappointing set of results last time out at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Castrol Honda rider went to the United States with high hopes having tested there prior to the race weekend, but he would go on to crash out of the first race after a collision with Max Biaggi, while he could only manage 11th in race two.
As such, Rea has identified Misano as a crucial round for him to get back on terms with his rivals, the Ulsterman hoping to replicate the form that saw him take a maiden WSBK win in 2009.
“We've put the disappointment of Miller behind us now and I'm looking forward to getting on the bike again at Misano, where I have some good memories, even though we struggled a little last year,” he said. “I know how hard the guys have been working on the data since they got back from America and I'm confident that they are as determined as I am to bounce back at Misano.
“Even though everyone has tested there, we'll go with a clean sheet and work methodically as we always do to get a good set-up for Sunday. It won't be easy, of course, but we need to get right back at the sharp end of the races and the championship.”
With neither Rea nor Ruben Xaus
finishing the first race at Miller Motorsports Park, it was the first time Honda suffered a non-score since Qatar 2005.