Without a podium in the three rounds since his perfect Imola weekend, Jonathan Rea and Pata Honda will be going 'back to basics' with the electronics at Portimao.

Rea, who has been on the Portimao podium seven times in his six-year World Superbike career, explained:

"The last few races have thrown up a few problems in managing the electronics on the bike, especially engine braking, so Portimao gives us an opportunity to go back to basics.

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"We had a good five-day test there earlier in the year when the team extended our stay there because of early rain. We got a good base setting then so I'm hoping that will be a solid starting point for the weekend."

"We had a good meeting at Misano and I believe we have identified the area where we need to focus and give him a bike on which he can be more competitive," added technical co-ordinator Pieter Breddels. "We need to get some positives from this weekend because we know that the Portimao circuit has been good for both Jonathan and the CBR in the past."

Rea led the world championship after Imola, but now needs to regain momentum after slipping to fourth place, 52 points from Tom Sykes.

"I need to be really strong in the next couple of races because they take us to about two-thirds distance on the season and it's important to carry some confidence and momentum into the final part of the year," said the Ulsterman.