Jonathan Rea says the development cycle with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R remains in full flow after Imola and hopes the consistent temperatures at Sepang will aid the team's efforts.
After mixed conditions at the last two rounds at Assen and Imola Rea is relishing the prospect of returning to the hot and humid conditions of Sepang which he hopes will provide reliable track temperatures which will make tyre choices easier to settle upon.
The Malaysian circuit will throw up some relative unknowns after the track was completely resurfaced over the past few months and World Superbikes will be the first international championship to test out the fresh tarmac.
Despite this, Rea is confident his Kawasaki squad will be able to refine the ZX-10R over the race weekend as it bids to strike back after Chaz Davies dominated to a double victory two weeks ago to slash the defending champion's title advantage.
“We have some good memories of Sepang from last year,” Rea said, after a win and a second place saw him move to within touching distance of his 2015 WSBK crown. “We were able to be really strong, especially when it came to tyre life. So I am excited to go back there.
“We are still developing new ideas. In race two at Imola, although we had some small issues, we found a lot of positives. I think for Sepang we will have really good information. I have also watched the race from last year a few times. The most exciting part about this weekend is to go somewhere with a lot of heat.
“Aside from the first two flyaway races the weather has been so inconsistent. I enjoy working in the heat and the consistent temperatures will be better for everybody. That should also make the tyre choice much more straightforward and we can work better on our race set-up. I am just looking forward to working again to help take the new Ninja forward.”
Rea will be looking to extend his 35-point lead at the top of the World Superbike riders' standings over Davies before the season hits the halfway stage at Donington Park at the end of May.