Jonathan Rea is confident he can build on the promise he showed on his full World Superbike debut at Phillip Island when he heads to Qatar for the second round of this year's championship.

Although a run to fifth and ninth in the races didn't quite live up to the promise of his front row starting position, Rea was comfortably the quickest Ten Kate rider over the weekend, ahead of the more experienced Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

The Northern Irishman is now turning his attentions to Qatar, a circuit he has experienced before while competing in the World Supersport Championship and also during various Honda-related launches.

Having shown considerable promise in Australia before tyre woes afflicted him during the races, Rea is sure he won't see a repeat of the same problems at Losail.

''I like Qatar, which is lucky, because I've done a lot of laps here. As well as the Supersport race last year, which we'll skip over quickly, I've been involved in a couple of Honda CBR launches here, so I know the place pretty well.

"The results at Phillip Island weren't fantastic but if you'd offered them to me before we left, I would've taken them. I'm pretty convinced that we'll not suffer the same problems here - instead of looking after the rear, it'll be more a case of looking after the front tyre, and I think I'm pretty good at that.''



Loading Comments...