Jonathan Rea says he’s focused on adding to his wins tally on the return to Portimao in the World Superbike championship as he closes in on an historic third consecutive title.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider holds a 70-point advantage at the top of the WorldSBK standings over Tom Sykes with four rounds remaining starting in Portugal. Portimao returns to the race calendar after a one-year absence while in 2015 Rea clinched a dominant double victory to fuel his charge to a maiden world title.

Aiming for a similar performance this weekend, Rea sees the Portimao round as key to wrapping up a third straight world title – and becoming the first rider in the history of the championship to achieve the feat – to regain some momentum having only finished on the top step of the podium once in the past six races.

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“I'm happy to return to Portimao this weekend as it's a race weekend that I really enjoy,” Rea said. “The circuit has a lot of character and is fun to ride but in recent years the track has become very bumpy. It will be very important to optimise our set up to be strong for the full race.

“We had a great private test in the middle of the year so I'm sure we can start on Friday with a good feeling. I have spent the last few days here in Portugal already with my family, enjoying the Algarve weather and getting focused for what is a very important weekend for me. Our target is to try and win two races.”

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I don't wish ill on anyone, but what the championship needs is two JR DNFs.

Get it done JR.

@PATRICKD championship needs CPR not DNF

Don't mention CPR. Tom Sykes almost needed it this morning!