Jonathan Rea is hoping his return to Misano will echo his maiden World Superbike Championship victory from 2009, following the disastrous outcome of his visit to the circuit in 2011.
The Ulsterman makes his first appearance at the Rimini circuit just over twelve months after a crash during warm-up left him with a broken wrist and ruled him out for the following four events.
Despite this, Rea insists he has fond memories of Misano having turned in his maiden WSBK victory there in 2009 aboard the Honda, a result he is confident of repeating this weekend having finished no lower than fourth in five of the last six races.
“The last few races have been pretty good really, so we're hoping to be able to take that positive momentum forward into the Misano round this weekend,” he said. “There's a fantastic atmosphere in the team and the recent results have given everyone a lot of motivation to keep it going.
“It's important that we continue to move forward because there are still a lot of areas where we need to improve. But there are a lot of positives, too, especially with the electronics, where the crew and my data engineer, Arlan Holterman, have been working really hard.
“The last couple of visits to Misano have not been good, but I don't want to be dwelling in the past because we've got the bike working really well now – as we've shown at Donington and Miller, where it wasn't so good before.
“I love going to Misano, though; I got my first World Superbike win there, and the beach and the food are great, of course. It's also the last chance this season to meet the passionate Italian fans, and that's always a special treat.”