Jonathan Rea says he is looking forward to the challenge of competing at an all-new circuit as he looks to continue gathering momentum at Motorland Aragon, round eight of the 2012 World Superbike Championship.
The Spanish venue made its debut on the WSBK calendar last season, but with Rea consigned to the sidelines by injury during the inaugural event, the Honda rider will be sampling the circuit at race speed for the first time this weekend.
Nonetheless, Rea has shrugged off the potential disadvantage, insisting he relishes the challenge of finding his way around a new circuit, the Ulsterman confident he can continue the form that has seen him rise to a new peak of second in the current standings.
“I'm really excited about Aragon this weekend because it's new for me and I love the challenge of riding new circuits. I just did a few laps for some photos in really unpleasant conditions in January last year but the layout is really cool and, although I've done no laps at race speed, there are a lot of different characteristics and the track is quite fun.
“We'll need to make the most of each practice session and gather as much data as we can to build a bike for the hot conditions that we're expecting on Sunday. As usual, I'll be trying my hardest to get some good results, and I hope that the improvements we've made over the last few weeks will allow us to challenge at the front again.”
Having finished each of the last eight races inside the top six, Rea is currently series leader Max Biaggi's closest rival in the overall standings, 38.5 points adrift.