The sixth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship takes place at Donington Park this coming weekend with the on-form KRT rider Jonathan Rea leading the field.
Rea, who has won a remarkable eight out of ten races so far in 2015, has also notched up a race win for himself at Donington in the past, capitalising on an opportunity in the final lap of race two in 2012 to score a popular home victory.
‰ÛÏI think the formula we have found in the working relationship between me and the rest of the team, my crew chief and the engineers at KHI is going very well." Points leader Jonathan Rea commented. "We need to continue that way of working because Donington has presented some challenges to me in the past, as a rider.
"But last year, when I look at the results and watch the races again, it is clear that it is a track that really suits the Ninja ZX-10R, thanks to the stability of the bike in the last sector and the agility and handling of the KRT ZX-10R in the first sector. I expect to be strong but we do not know how strong we can be until Saturday qualifying, after we have completed our preparations for the race.
"Being a home race does not change how I approach the weekend, or how I ride. I do find it bizarre how some guys at home find that X-factor, but we just treat it like another race. I have a lot of family coming over from Ireland and a lot of my British fans have been telling me on social media that they are coming, so it is going to be amazing to come home and see all my supporters. Especially after the run I have.
"I would say that the UK is where I have most of my fanbase, so hopefully I can meet a lot of people and make them all proud.‰Û