Jonathan Rea is looking forward to getting his World Superbike Championship campaign properly underway at Donington Park following his turbulant week in Australia.

The Northern Irishman was almost forced to miss the season opener at Phillip Island after injuring his wrist during a high-speed accident in the run up to the event, but he soldiered on to score a two points' finishes, including a fourth position in race two.

With a month between events to recover, Rea says he is almost back to full fitness and ready to challenge for victory in front of the local fans.

"I'm in pretty good shape after quite a painful start to the season in Australia, but I've spent the last three weeks working hard on my training and having a lot of physio.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to ride pain-free at the weekend but the strange thing is that I wasn't too uncomfortable on the bike in Australia, despite the injuries - it was the aches and pains getting out of bed in the morning that I struggled with!

"I'm looking forward to getting to Donington though; it's a circuit I know really well and we have some good data from before. I can't wait to see the new layout of the chicane and it's really good to have the first European round at home where a lot of my friends and family can come and support.

"To improve what's already a great all-round package, the guys back at the workshop have found some things to get a little more out of the Fireblade since we got back so I'm hoping for a really good weekend."



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