Jonathan Rea says he is taking great satisfaction from returning to the World Superbike Championship podium at Motorland Aragon following a confidence-boosting weekend in Spain.

Last seen on the podium at Silverstone last season when he won around his home circuit, Rea had looked strong during free practice and qualifying, even if he could only manage the second row of the grid.

Settling into fourth during the first race, Rea was eventually able to reel in Davide Giugliano on the final lap, planting a pass on the Italian into the hairpin. Though Giugliano's attempt to respond with an undercut simply resulted in the Ducati coming down, Rea stayed upright to finish a fine third.

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"It's been a really positive weekend for us to go back on the podium this early in the season. It hasn't really been a trend for us recently so it's given everyone a bit of a boost. We just really need to build on this.

"I really enjoy riding the bike at this circuit and we've made a lot of improvements since Phillip Island.

For race two, Reap opted for the softer option tyres, but found he couldn't get settled on the bike and thus opted to settle for a solid fifth.

"In race one I ran into some rear tyre problems in the latter stages of the race, but in race two we went with the softer option, which most of the grid changed to. It was working OK but unfortunately we also used the softer front for the higher temperature.

"I had a few engine brake problems which pushed me into the slower corners and, with the lack of feeling from the front, I felt a bit like a passenger. I had a warning or two around mid-race, so I was kind of nursing it a bit.

"We deserved two solid top fives today and I feel we can now take some momentum to Assen where we know the bike is good and build on this at a circuit I really enjoy."