Jonathan Rea heads to the fifth round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship with his sights set on extending his lead in the overall standings having dominated the first portion of the season.

The Ulsterman, in his first season riding with Kawasaki, has won four from six races, while two further second place finishes means he has opened up a lead of 50 points already.

Furthermore, Imola is a happy hunting ground for both rider and manufacturer, with Rea winning both races in Italy last season whilst with Honda, while Kawasaki dominated in 2013.

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"I am looking forward to Imola because it is a track I really enjoy; a really technical track. It requires a lot of thought to be put into the lap and there are many areas where you can make up time by using quite different techniques, especially in the Piratella and Aqua Minerali sections.

"I enjoy going to Italy in general and it is good to go somewhere where I went really well last year and in the past. It is the first time in Italy this year and I am just excited to go there. I have not been working with my crew chief Pere Riba for that long but we have a really good understanding of each other.

"We will be working through a few plans this weekend to make sure are strong for the next few races. It is going to be another tough weekend because Imola always provides some good racing."