New Kawasaki Racing Team signing Jonathan Rea is tipping Ducati to provide 'stiff competition' under the revised EVO-style 2015 World Superbike regulations.

"The new rules are more basic, more in line with the standard Ninja ZX-10R that the customer can buy from a shop. That is good but it also means some limitations for us in terms of a race machine," Rea explained.

"The beauty of me joining the team now is that I have no previous experience to have negative or positive thoughts about. I am starting from a base that is the 2015 base and I'm working from there. I am sure some other manufacturers may be more competitive than last year, some maybe less. We just have to see that balance.

"Already in the first test it looks like we have some stiff competition from Ducati and the rules have been swinging towards them at the minute. But I fully expect we will be there and have a package capable of winning."

Ducati - WSBK's most successful manufacturer - did not win a race this season, factory riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano finishing sixth and eighth in the standings.



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