Jonathan Rea heads to the fourth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Imola looking to maintain the momentum brought about by his return to the winners' circle last time out at Assen.

The PATA Honda rider mastered slippery conditions in the Netherlands to notch up a 12th career WSBK win, a result that also sees him rise up the overall standings to put him just 19 points off Tom Sykes in the lead.

Turning his attentions to Imola, a circuit where he has been a winner in the past, Rea is hopeful the Italian circuit will play to both his and the Honda CBR1000RR's strengths.

"I really enjoy riding at Imola but the whole weekend is a great experience because there's always such an atmosphere at the track with all the passionate Italian fans. I've actually been in Italy with my family since the last race at Assen, so I'm looking forward to the weekend here.

"I want to build on the recent results we've been able to achieve and keep the ball rolling. The layout at Imola really suits me and the bike, but we'll be concentrating on set-up through all the practice sessions to make sure that we can run the CBR with the front group on race day.

"At the moment, the weather looks OK, but we certainly hope it's more consistent than at Assen."

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