Jonathan Rea is hoping he won't take long to get up to speed with his World Superbike Championship rivals as he heads to Laguna Seca for the first time in his career.
The PATA Honda rider missed last season's event – which was returning to the WSBK calendar for the first time in nine years – through injury, potentially putting him on the back foot coming into the round.
Despite this, the Ulsterman, who scored his fourth WSBK win of the season last time out in Portugal, is looking forward to the chance to tackle the iconic venue – not least the Corkscrew bend – and is confident it won't take him long to recover lost ground.
“I'm really looking forward to heading to circuit where I've not raced before. I think Laguna is going to be really exhilarating on the Pata Honda CBR and it's no surprise that, with the infamous Corkscrew, it's one of the most iconic circuits on the SBK calendar.
“I hope quickly to get over the disadvantage of having missed the race there last year through injury. Of course, we're going there on the back of a win at Portimao which was really good for the morale of the team and it's important that we try to carry that momentum into the summer break which comes after this weekend.”
Rea is currently fourth in the WSBK standings, 49 points off the overall lead but just six points adrift of second overall.