Rea gears up for Portimao

East Antrim rider Jonathan Rea
East Antrim rider Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea and the Pata Honda team are in Portugal this weekend (July 4-6) for round eight of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at the Autodromo Internacional Algarve near Portimao.

Local man Rea has been on the Portimao podium no fewer than seven times in his six-year World Superbike career - the most recent being a third place in race two last season.

He currently sits fourth in the SBK points standings but the 27-year-old East Antrim rider is just 13 points from second position and is determined to re-discover the levels of performance that have taken him and his CBR to three wins in 2014.

“I’m really excited to be heading to a circuit where I really enjoy riding the CBR and, without doubt, Portimao is one of the most exhilarating tracks on the World Superbike calendar.

“The last few races have thrown up a few problems in managing the electronics on the bike, especially engine braking, so Portimao gives us an opportunity to go back to basics.

“We had a good five-day test there earlier in the year when the team extended our stay there because of early rain. We got a good base setting then so I’m hoping that will be a solid starting point for the weekend.

“I need to be really strong in the next couple of races because they take us to about two-thirds distance on the season and it’s important to carry some confidence and momentum into the final part of the year.”