Jonathan Rea says it comes as he relief to have the World Superbike championship title wrapped up heading into the final two rounds of the season starting in Argentina.
The Kawasaki rider secured his historic fifth consecutive world title last time out at Magny-Cours with victory in Race 2, taking the pressure off his team, as he looks to celebrate in style by continuing his strong form at Circuit San Juan Villicum.
Rea dominated to a double victory in Argentina 12 months ago for Kawasaki, while he has either finished first or second for the past 13 consecutive races as a mark of his charge to the title having been trailing Alvaro Bautista by 61 points earlier this season.
“I am so relieved to go to Argentina with the championship already done,” Rea said. “It means I can enjoy these last few races without stressing too much about the points situation and really enjoy the end of the season.
“Last year was our first visit in Argentina and we were really surprised with the reception we got, the level of the track and also the fans that turned out. I am excited to go out there and see what’s ahead. I am also looking forward to riding the bike again. I think this is going to be a circuit where we can be strong. Last year we were certainly strong in some areas.
“I am also looking forward to seeing the guys again and re-living what we did a little bit last weekend – it was really special. To do it with all these guys who have been with me every step of the way, every single year, it’s even more special.”