Jonathan Rea admits a race punctuated by errors made it 'not my most beautiful race' and despite taking victory he is anticipating a stronger performance in race two at Laguna Seca.

The defending World Superbike champion has tightened his grip on the world title by extended his advantage to 71 points over Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes after Rea led home the Japanese manufacturers' one-two finish in race one at the iconic American track.

Despite taking victory, Rea admits a couple of mistakes - one of which saw him lose the lead to Sykes midway through the race - left him unhappy with his performance but is confident with a full race distance he will be able to be more consistent in the second race.

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"I am super happy to have won here and now that we have had 25 laps on the bike in race conditions we have good information for tomorrow, to try and improve again," Rea said. "I am happy with the result but it was, honestly, not my most beautiful race because I made quite a lot of mistakes.

"I am sure when I watch it back I will be quite upset with myself but the most important thing is the 25 points for winning. That is good for everything - for the morale of the team and the championship.

"We have one more race tomorrow and it will be important to do a good job then before the start of the eight week summer break."

Rea's race one triumph marked his maiden victory at Laguna Seca while he also extended his winning run to three off the back of his double victory weekend at Misano last time out.