World Superbike title contender Jonathan Rea heads to the ninth round of the season at Brno as a man on a high after taking the break between races to get married.
The Ulsterman, who is currently classified third in the overall standings, walked down the aisle in a ceremony after the Motorland Aragon event, but says he is now looking forward to getting back on his Honda to give his title hopes a boost in the Czech Republic.
Scene of his first ever world championship victory, when he won in the Supersport class in 2008, while Rea hasn't competed at Brno since 2010, he is confident he will enjoy another competitive weekend.
“It's been quite busy since Aragon – getting married and moving house – so I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend,” he said. “I love the circuit at Brno and I had my first ever world championship race win there, on a Honda in 2008 in World Supersport. It seems to be a track that I bond with pretty good. Although I missed the round there last year my pace there in 2010 was pretty OK.
“Our bike is kind of progressing and I am really excited, even if Aragon was a tough round for us. We struggled there a little bit because we did not have any previous data. But for Brno we have a lot of previous information from there.
“We tested at Aragon after the race and we tried a lot of electronics bits and pieces, so it was a bit of a data gathering exercise for us. I love Brno and I am looking forward to going there.”
Rea is currently 65.5 points behind Max Biaggi
in the overall standings.