Jonathan Rea says he is excited about the prospect of competing on home soil at Silverstone once again following his race-winning turn in the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours event last weekend.
Following the disappointing outcome of the last World Superbike Championship round at Brno, when he could only manage four points in total, Rea got back to winning ways as one-third of the team that was victorious in the legendary Japanese endurance event.
Only the fourth non-Japanese rider to notch up a Suzuka 8 Hours win since 2000 (joining Colin Edwards, who has won twice, Valentino Rossi and Carlos Checa), Honda rider Rea arrives in the UK on a suitable high.
Keen to put his Brno frustrations behind him, Rea is hoping he can replicate the form that had him on the podium in both races back in 2010, the last time he raced at Silverstone.
“The Suzuka race was unbelievable – there was so much happening but we managed to stay consistent and bring it home. I'm a little tired and my body is adjusting after we got back to the UK on Monday evening but I'm looking forward to the week ahead.
“We had a very disappointing weekend at Brno last time out but I'm quite optimistic about Silverstone. I really enjoy the layout of the circuit and, although I missed last year, the bike worked pretty well there for me in 2010.
“I hope we can develop our new electronics package a little more this weekend and get some better throttle control. It'll be good to come back for a second home race this season – it's always great to meet the British fans and ride in front of them.”