Jonathan Rea is keen to make a return to the top step of the rostrum for the first time since April at Misano and is currently on his longest run without a win since joining Kawasaki.

The defending World Superbike champion has been able to hold on to a healthy points lead in the riders' standings, which currently stands at 56 point over Tom Sykes, but hasn't claimed a victory since his double winning weekend at round four at Assen.

Despite six races without a win, Rea's longest run since leaving Honda for Kawasaki at the end of 2014, the Northern Irish rider has still graced the podium in every single race this season which has made him a strong favourite to defend his title.

Rea grabbed a win and a second place 12 months ago at Misano and is aiming to emulate the feat having enjoyed recent improvements with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R.

"Misano is a circuit that I really enjoy and it has special memories for me because I won my first ever World Superbike race there, and last year we were able to make a 1-2," Rea said. "I am also excited to race there because it seems like in the last rounds we have been doing a very good job.

"Although we did not get a race win at Donington I feel like I rode really strongly. We had a productive two-day test in Jerez after that in which we were able to test some things for the future but also confirmed that the direction we have been going in at Sepang and Donington with bike set-up seems to be the right way.

"I think we can be confident that we have found a good base with the 2016 Ninja ZX-10R.

"I am going to Misano to try to win both races because it has been a few rounds now since I have stood on the top step of the podium."



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