Jonathan Rea says he will continue to focus his efforts on the final few laps of a World Superbike Championship race having shown successful late bursts of speed at both Assen and Donington Park.
Rea comes to the sixth round of the 2012 season at Miller Motorsports Park having sealed a second victory of the season at Donington Park, the Ulsterman winning after setting up the Honda to come on strong in the concluding laps of the race.
It was a strategy that also led to his victory at Assen, so Rea – who is now up to third in the overall standings – says it is a tactic he will continue to adopt in the United States as he looks to maintain his encouraging run of form.
“One of the problems we had last year at Miller was stability on corner entry but, since the introduction of ride-by-wire and some improvements that the guys have worked on recently, we're definitely better in that area,” he said.
“Miller is a circuit that demands a lot of confidence going into some corners and we'll work this weekend with the same approach that we had at Donington. We weren't necessarily at the top of the timing sheets in every session but we know that race wins often come in the last five laps, so we'll follow that path again.
“It would be nice to get some higher track temperatures that might allow us to work on the softer tyre, but we'll see how the weather is when we get to the track on Thursday and make a plan.
“I'm really looking forward to the weekend though – I really like the track and going to America is always a fun experience.”
Rea's win at Donington Park puts him 20.5 points off overall leader Max Biaggi.