Jonathan Rea heads to the eighth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at the Moscow Raceway looking to string two good results together after suffering mixed fortunes in recent events.

Though Rea has shown podium-challenging pace in the last three rounds at Donington Park, Portimao and Imola, good results in one of the weekend's races have been negated by poor results in the other.

As such, despite having three podiums to his name in 2013, the Pata Honda rider is currently seventh in the standings, more than 100 points off overall leader Tom Sykes.

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Nonetheless, the Ulsterman, who has been testing at Suzuka for the upcoming 8 hours endurance race, is happy with the performance of the CBR100RR and is optimistic he can turn that into two strong finishes in Russia.

"It's been nice to have a few days relaxing in this good weather because it's been pretty flat-out since Imola, with the test there and then a couple of days at Suzuka. Moscow's a unique circuit - tight and twisty and not necessarily the favourite of many riders. But I think it could play to the strengths of the CBR, especially the first two sectors.

"We struggled a bit at the end of the lap last year, but I think we've got some ideas on how to deal with that. I'd be happy to continue the podium form we've had in the last couple of rounds but it's important for us to string two good results together.

"At the last two races we've been strong in the first two days but then something's gone wrong in one of the races. I'm confident that we've addressed problems that we faced earlier in the season, so I hope that will allow us two good results on Sunday."