Having amassed a mammoth 87 point lead in the standings, Jonathan Rea heads to Donignton Park keen to continue his winning feeling on home soil.
The Ulsterman is enjoying a remarkable season in his first year as a Kawasaki rider, Rea having scored 240 points from a maximum of 250 over the opening five events, his eight wins earmarking him as the odds-on favourite for the 2015 title.
Indeed, though Rea has a fairly indifferent record at Donington Park, he is a former winner there, while Kawasaki's form over the years gives him reason to be confident heading to the event.
“I think the formula we have found in the working relationship between me and the rest of the team, my crew chief and the engineers at KHI is going very well. We need to continue that way of working because Donington has presented some challenges to me in the past, as a rider. But last year, when I look at the results and watch the races again, it is clear that it is a track that really suits the Ninja ZX-10R, thanks to the stability of the bike in the last sector and the agility and handling of the KRT ZX-10R in the first sector.
“I expect to be strong but we do not know how strong we can be until Saturday qualifying, after we have completed our preparations for the race. Being a home race does not change how I approach the weekend, or how I ride. I do find it bizarre how some guys at home find that X-factor, but we just treat it like another race.
“I have a lot of family coming over from Ireland and a lot of my British fans have been telling me on social media that they are coming, so it is going to be amazing to come home and see all my supporters. Especially after the run I have. I would say that the UK is where I have most of my fanbase, so hopefully I can meet a lot of people and make them all proud.”
Such is Rea's advantage in the standings, he can afford to DNF in the next three races without ceding the lead of the standings.