Jonathan Rea says he is looking forward to getting back to World Superbike Championship action at Magny-Cours as he resumes the battle for a top three placing in the overall standings.

A four-time race winner in 2014, Rea heads into the final two rounds of the season third in the standings but under increasing pressure from the in-form Marco Melandri on the Aprilia.

Nonetheless, the Ulsterman is excited to be racing at Magny-Cours again and is confident his PATA Honda package will be in the hunt for the podiums once more.

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"I'm really excited to be going back to Magny-Cours," he said. "I enjoy the circuit layout a lot and its fast direction changes seem to suit our package really well. We've also had some good results there in the past.

"To be honest, I'm just looking forward to riding the bike again; these long gaps between the last few races of the season are not good or helpful for maintaining any kind of rhythm. I've been doing a lot of training on my CRF450R motocrosser, just to keep my levels of concentration as high as possible.

"Last time out in Jerez we had some really good pace at the end of the races - probably among the strongest. Now we need to work on getting that pace earlier in the race to allow us to challenge for podiums and wins. But we'll be starting in Magny-Cours with what we know and concentrate through the weekend on getting the best possible set-up for Sunday."

With PATA Honda recently confirming it has signed World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark to one of its Superbike seats in 2015, Rea is strongly rumoured to be joining Kawasaki next season.