Rea seeking home success
Honda's Jonathan Rea is hoping to ignite his Superbike World Championship title tilt in front of his home fans at Donington Park this weekend.
The Briton has failed to finish on only one occasion so far this season, and took another solid haul of points by finishing sixth in the only race of last weekend's rain-affected round at Monza in Italy.
With a victory at Assen already under his belt, Rea lies fifth in the championship, 27.5 points behind 2010 champion and series leader Max Biaggi.
The 25-year-old has been pleased with the development work he and his team have done in improving the set-up of his CBR1000RR Fireblade, and hopes he can improve on the fifth and sixth places he took at the east Midlands circuit last season and pick up the podiums he needs to be in genuine title contention.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Donington, especially with the bike as we have it now," said Rea.
"The guys have been properly thinking outside the box recently and we've got it working really well on corner entry so that it's good and stable under braking.
"That's been a problem at Donington in the past, especially in the stop-start section at the end of the lap, so I can't wait to try out the CBR there on Friday morning.
"I just hope the weather is a little more consistent this time - not just for the riders, but for all the passionate British fans and my friends and family who'll be coming along this weekend.
"After Monza last weekend, the championship has opened up a bit so we need to build on the win at Assen with some more podiums so we can make some more in-roads."
One man who will not be racing at Donington is the unfortunate American John Hopkins, who is once again sidelined by injury.
The popular Suzuki rider missed the opening round of the season after breaking a bone in his hand during pre-season testing, and a broken bone in his right foot and torn muscles in his left hip after a heavy fall at Monza mean the former MotoGP racer is again on the sidelines.