Jonathan Rea has declared himself satisfied with the progress made with his PATA Honda as he works to being the manufacturer closer to the front of the World Superbike field.

The Northern Irishman enjoyed a solid start to the season at Phillip Island, but spent three days of testing at Jerez looking to extract more pace from the CBR1000RR ahead of the second WSBK round in Spain.

Making progress with the traction control and the engine braking, though Rea says he would still be hard pushed to get a podium at Jerez, he is content with the feel of the bike around the Spanish venue.

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"We're still a little bit away from outright domination and probably have some more work to do to get on the podium here, but overall I'm quite happy with the progress we've made. The traction control is now working pretty well, although there's still a bit more work needed on engine braking. We've definitely made some steps forward though.

"The weather's been a little up and down - day three was wet and the second day was quite windy. We tested some new Pirelli qualifiers and I was quite fast, but we need more ultimate pace on race tyres. I'm OK when they're old and a bit worn, but need a little more from the new tyre. We also tested a heap of different chassis settings on the first day."

Team-mate Leon Haslam, meanwhile, was pleased with his form, labelling it as a massive improvement on how he fared during the race meeting in 2013.

"I only got eight laps on the final day because the weather was not so good, but it was still useful and I was pretty happy with the steps we made on the first two days. I struggled a little with the qualifiers but we have definitely made some progress on the race tyres and I was able to lap in the low 41s here.

"That's a massive improvement on the race at the end of last season, but that was one to forget really. I've been quicker than I've ever been around Jerez during this test and it's always good to come back here and measure progress."