New Kawasaki Racing Team signing Jonathan Rea is tipping Ducati to provide 'stiff competition' under the revised EVO-style 2015 World Superbike regulations.

"The new rules are more basic, more in line with the standard Ninja ZX-10R that the customer can buy from a shop. That is good but it also means some limitations for us in terms of a race machine," Rea explained.

"The beauty of me joining the team now is that I have no previous experience to have negative or positive thoughts about. I am starting from a base that is the 2015 base and I'm working from there. I am sure some other manufacturers may be more competitive than last year, some maybe less. We just have to see that balance.

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"Already in the first test it looks like we have some stiff competition from Ducati and the rules have been swinging towards them at the minute. But I fully expect we will be there and have a package capable of winning."

Ducati - WSBK's most successful manufacturer - did not win a race this season, factory riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano finishing sixth and eighth in the standings.

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I thought Chaz n Dave were cockneys and the Wurzels were from the West Country, chuckling at the similarity between a Ducati and a Combine Harvester though, those twins always sound so agricultural