Jonathan Rea has labelled the infamous Corkscrew bend as 'quite intimidating' as he spent the first day of World Superbike action at Laguna Seca getting to grips with the Californian circuit for the first time.

Forced to miss last year's event through injury, the PATA Honda rider had three sessions to get himself up to speed with the Monterey venue, Rea well inside the top ten over the course of the day as he comfortably moved through to SP2.

Enjoying his first experience of Laguna Seca, Rea was particularly excited to be plunging down the iconic downhill Corkscrew esses for the first time, even if he admits he didn't get it right too often...

Related Articles

"I really enjoyed riding today - it's an amazing track and, to be honest, the Corkscrew is quite intimidating! I think I've got it right about three times in all my laps today! The good thing is that my guys are making really good progress with the bike. All day we've chipped away and done a lot of work on used rubber.

Looking ahead, Rea is aware the difficulties in overtaking around the circuit will make Superpole more crucial than most.

"According to the data, it seems that the drop in lap times from new to old isn't as harsh as last year. We need to make a really good Superpole because this is a difficult place to pass but, we'll keep that in mind as we set up the bike and try to make it one that we can make some passes with.

"As I said, I'm really enjoying riding here and although the position isn't that great, the gap to the front is not too big, so I'm looking forward to making more progress."