Jonathan Rea is hoping his prior knowledge of the Sepang International Circuit from a private MotoGP test conducted for HRC a few years ago will give him a minor advantage heading to round six of the 2014 World Superbike Championship.

The Ulsterman heads to Malaysia keen to recover lost ground in the WSBK title fight after a lacklustre weekend at Donington Park saw him cede the overall lead and slip 26 points behind double victor Tom Sykes.

As the first WSBK event to be held in Malaysia for more than twenty years, Sepang represents an entirely new challenge for the majority of the field, though Rea is hoping his laps aboard an 800cc Honda prototype in 2010 will hold him in good stead.

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"I'm really excited about going to Malaysia because it's a new race on the SBK calendar. I really like the circuit layout and I visited a few years ago when I did some testing for HRC's MotoGP team in the last season of the 800s.

"Donington was a tough round for us and we turned our attention to this next round immediately after the races there. I hope we can achieve better results than at Donington and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of taking the CBR on a new circuit.

"The humidity will be quite intense in Sepang and we're expecting high temperatures but I'm in good physical conditions to tackle the two races. The most important thing is that we are able to extract the full potential of the bike which we didn't do at the last round."