Jonathan Rea says he will need to 'maximise the job' in the races after qualifying down in tenth position for the sixth World Superbike round of the season in Sepang.

Struggling with persistent engine braking issues on the PATA Honda - a recurring theme of his season thus far -, Rea languished in the bottom end of the top ten for much of the Malaysian weekend thus far.

Suggesting the low grip nature of the circuit is magnifying the bike's issues, Rea's problems came to a head in Superpole as he could only manage tenth best time to place him on row four.

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"It's been a difficult day and a difficult weekend so far because we're trying to extract the best performance from the package here but we're struggling. It's mainly to do with engine brake and power delivery, which seems to be highlighted by the fact that it's quite a low-grip surface here at Sepang and we're on the side of the tyre for quite long periods in the long fast corners.

"I'm not used to starting this far back, to be honest, and although I made a small mistake on my qualifying tyre, I didn't think it would be that critical. Everybody's riding at a good level and we're paying for that, so I just need to maximise the job tomorrow and come away with as many points as possible. But it's sure not going to be easy!"