Jonathan Rea insists there are positives to take to future events despite losing his World Superbike Championship lead with two difficult races at Donington Park.

Arriving for his home round with three wins on the trot, Rea started eighth for both races, but trouble getting his PATA Honda set-up in dry condition would be exposed on race day as he struggled with the low grip conditions.

Persevering to finish sixth on both occasions, Rea has duly surrendered his WSBK lead to slip 26 points behind double race winner Tom Sykes.

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Despite this, the Ulsterman insists there are plenty of positives to take from his performance and is confident the team can learn from this.

"It's not been the perfect weekend after Imola, but I think we were ready for that," he said. "We really struggled on Friday with a few things and the low-grip nature of Donington caused us to suffer quite a lot throughout the weekend.

"In both races it was a struggle, and it's difficult for me to understand how the bike was so good in Imola and why we struggled more here. But finishing two 23-lap races will give the guys some great data to take away and look at so that when, in the future, we arrive at circuits that aren't so grippy, we can have an idea of how to maximise a result.

"We finished quite far from the race winners today and it's not the best situation. But we can leave Donington with some positives and we're all really looking forward to the next few races."