Jonathan Rea says he is delighted to secure third position in the World Superbike Championship standings from Marco Melandri after a fighting ride to second place in Qatar.

At the end of the strong weekend for the Ulsterman, which many assume to be his last as a PATA Honda rider, Rea clawed back from the crash that conditioned his seventh on the grid to challenge up front in both races, finishing fourth in the first and second in the next.

With main rival for third overall Melandri enduring a tough race day, Rea was able to bridge the 11 point deficit to his rival to grab third position in the overall standings - his best overall result in WSBK since his 2009 debut.

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"I knew the position we had to finish in both races. With the Aprilia being so strong and Melandri being so strong in the final few races, plus the 11 points deficit, we knew it would be very difficult.

"I knew I had to pass Tom in the second race to guarantee my third position, but every lap on the straight I was looking at the tower to see where the '33' was. I have had such an amazing weekend."

As well as what is expected to be his final outing with Honda before a move to Kawasaki in 2015, it was also Rea's final race with crew chief Chris Pike, who will join Scott Redding at Marc VDS in MotoGP.

Rea has finished fifth, fourth, ninth, fifth and ninth in his previous WSBK seasons with the Ten Kate Racing team.