After six seasons as a Honda World Superbike rider, Jonathan Rea looks to have settled in quickly at the official Kawasaki Racing Team.

The 27-year-old Ulsterman was a race winner in each of his campaigns for the Ten Kate team, culminating in a career best third in this year's standings.

But Rea felt he had to make a change if he is to become a world champion.

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"I have been trying for many years to win the championship and it has never happened," Rea said. "I sat down during the year, with the people most close to me, and we knew that if I wanted to achieve a world championship I could not just cross my fingers and try again.

"I had to make a change to expect a different outcome. In the last three seasons Kawasaki has had a very competitive bike. Also with the new rules for 2015 it was important to be in line with a factory team that would develop the bike through the year."

Rea added that, unlike in previous seasons, both he and his machinery are ready to win.

"Mentally, right now I am ready to win but in the recent past few years; for a world championship the package has not been exactly how I would like it to be ready to challenge for the world title.

"Maybe when I first joined the world championship the package was ready, but I wasn't. But I feel now that I am ready. We need to get the best out of the bike and we will see.

Rea's team-mate and former champion Tom Sykes is sure to pose a formidable challenge next season, but Rea was the quickest ZX-10R rider in testing at Aragon and Jerez.

"My first impressions are positive," he said of the ZX-10R. "It is very user friendly and easy to ride. The power is very linear on the bike. We are scratching the surface now with development. The 2015 technical rules in WSBK are quite different from before so in some ways we are starting at a zero point. I know Kawasaki is working very hard in Japan to bring new parts."