Jonathan Rea says he is looking to end the 2014 World Superbike Championship season on a high ahead of what is highly anticipated to be his final race as a Honda rider.

The Ulsterman has been strongly linked with a move to Kawasaki alongside Tom Sykes in 2015 - with Sylvain Guintoli assuming his place at PATA Honda -, though there has been no confirmation in the lead up to the 2014 season finale in Qatar.

Nonetheless, Rea - who is 11 points shy of Marco Melandri's third place in the standings - says he is excited about the prospect of competing in Qatar under floodlights for the first time.

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"I'm really looking forward to racing in Losail again for a variety of reasons. I've done a couple of new model launches there for Honda and I really like the circuit layout; it'll also be the first time I've raced at night. I think the visibility will be quite high, especially compared to riding in the dark like I've done at Suzuka in the 8 Hours.

"I think the biggest challenge is going to be the schedule and working out the best time for food intake and other things in order to perform physically late at night instead of during the day. It's the last round of the championship but the plan is still quite straightforward. The CBR has been quite competitive at the last few rounds so we'll try to get a good base setting again on Friday and aim to finish the season on a high in th is desert challenge."

If this does turn out to be Rea's final race for Honda, it will conclude a long-standing relationship with the manufacturer that stretches back a decade.


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Yes, Rea is totally sensible in leaving Honda.
There will not be a new Fireblade until at least 2016 at the earliest.
Furthermore Rea has been loyal to HRC, won the Suzuka 8hrs, and been patiently waiting for his chance in MotoGP.
Yet Honda has repeatedly overlooked him, even to the point that they parachute Miller in directly from Moto3.
The message to Rea is perfectly clear from Honda - we don't rate you and we are not going to give you a chance to progress.
Exit stage left.