Runaway World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea is in a confident mood ahead of round seven at Portimao and is fully focused on maintaining his momentum.

The Portuguese round marks with halfway point in the 2015 season with Rea holding a massive 101 point lead in the championship. Last time out the Northern Irishman notched up two second place finishes at Donington Park, staggeringly his worst race weekend results of the season, but Rea is showing no immediate concerns heading into the second half of the season.

"We have a really good way of working with the KRT Ninja ZX-10R and we need to keep working together, Pere [Riba, Rea's crew chief] and all the crew, to really understand the bike and the track on Friday and then build towards two strong races," Rea said. "I have been soaking up the pre-TT atmosphere here in the Isle of Man before I head off to Portimao."

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Last year while riding for the factory Honda team Rea notched an impressive victory in wet conditions at Portimao and says it is a circuit he enjoys competing at because of its variety of challenges.

"It requires quite a lot of different techniques in a few areas," he explained. "It is a cool place to go in general and the weather should be really nice at this time of year. I am looking forward to riding the Kawasaki there because I have some really good memories from previous race weekends.

"This year is a new year so we will just try and build on what we have done already. My target at Portimao is to go for both races."