New Kawasaki signing Jonathan Rea is confident he will be in a position to hit the ground running when the first race blasts off at Phillip Island in February after a productive test at Jerez.

Rea, third in last year's World Superbike Championship for PATA Honda behind Sylvain Guintoli and Tom Sykes, has impressed on his transition to the Ninja ZX-10R and was right at the top of the times at the Spanish circuit this week, posting the third quickest lap in 1m 39.745s behind team-mate Tom Sykes (1m 39.694s).

The Northern Ireland rider experimented with a variety of geometry settings and made some significant progress with the engine management and electronics system on the second day of the test.

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"It was a good test and more so because we got dry track time. We were able to evaluate lots of things. I tried quite a lot of geometries and changing the balance of the bike quite a lot," said the 27-year-old.

"We never found a big difference in lap time, even when we were radically changing the bike. That proves to us that the bike is working in quite a big window. We found a big step forward with the engine management and electronics on the afternoon of the second day and I was able to improve my lap time quite a bit.

"That filled me full of joy and confidence. I was able to do a race simulation at this test and I understood how the bike behaves when the tyre drops," he added. "I think we have the right tools in the garage to keep working and be in good shape when the lights go out at Phillip Island.

"At the end of the day we tried a qualifying tyre and it works well on this bike. It has been a busy and positive test."