Jonathan Rea expects Donington to play to the strengths of his Pata Honda Fireblade this weekend as the British circuit hosts round five of the World Superbike Championship.

Rea won a dramatic second race at Donington a year ago when BMW pair Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri both crashed out at the last corner on the final lap after Rea made contact with Haslam.

The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland is targeting a return to the podium this weekend after he made it onto the rostrum at Assen in round three.

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"Donington has always been an exciting track for me and, being the first home round of the year, it's always special to ride with friends and family there in support," he said.

"Of course, the weather can sometimes be a little unfriendly, so I'm hoping it'll stay dry for the weekend because I think Donington can be a strong circuit for us.

"It will be a really good opportunity to try to exploit the positive aspects of the bike," added Rea.

"Of course, we'll work hard through the practice and qualifying sessions to try and get a good grid position for Sunday, but I'm feeling optimistic."