Jonathan Rea says he’s eager to go into the summer break with momentum and feels fresh for the Misano round this weekend.

The defending World Superbike champion says his sole focus is to extend his healthy 75-point lead at the top of the riders’ championship at the Italian track to take a dominant position into the extensive summer break which follows the Misano round.

Rea, who was involved in a scary race one crash with Chaz Davies at the Italian track last year, accepts Kawasaki tends to need a compromise with set-up at Misano but is relishing the final round before the break.

“Misano is one of my favourite races of the season and this year we planned a holiday before the race with my family, staying on the beach with our motor home,” Rea said. “It sets the weekend up perfectly as I feel recharged for the last race before the summer break.

“The circuit is pretty straightforward and has a mix of everything. Although it’s flat, it’s still a challenge to find a compromise with set up, so we will work hard on Friday to make sure we can be competitive.

“It’s important to strengthen our position in the championship. Our target is to keep working the way we have in the previous races and maximise our potential.”

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After Misano, Rea will contest the Suzuka 8 Hours for the factory Kawasaki squad alongside Leon Haslam and Kazuma Watanabe on July 27-29 before returning to World Superbike action at Portimao on September 14-16.

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