Rea keen to get back on track
Newly-married British rider Jonathan Rea is looking forward to getting back to racing in the World Superbike Championship meeting at Brno this weekend, scene of his first world championship victory.
The Honda star, currently third in the standings, has also moved house recently after marrying Tatia Weston.
"It’s been quite busy since Aragon – getting married and moving house – so I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend," he said.
"I love the circuit at Brno and I had my first ever world championship race win there, on a Honda in 2008 in World Supersport. It seems to be a track that I bond with pretty good.
"Although I missed the round there last year my pace there in 2010 was pretty OK. Our bike is kind of progressing and I am really excited, even if Aragon was a tough round for us. We struggled there a little bit because we did not have any previous data.
"But for Brno we have a lot of previous information from there. We tested at Aragon after the race and we tried a lot of electronics bits and pieces, so it was a bit of a data gathering exercise for us. I love Brno and I am looking forward to going there."
Rea has put his Honda CBR1000RR on the podium in his last three races there, finishing third in race two in 2009 then second and first in 2010.
His team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama has experience of the Czech circuit, which features spectacular descents and a steep climb back to the start-finish straight.
"I have raced this circuit before so I know the layout," he said. "In the summertime in Brno it can be very hot, so it can be tough.
"I know the track and I got a positive feeling at the last test, and I want to keep this positive feeling for the Brno race weekend. I want to start with a good feeling and a good lap time on Friday, and stay in the Superpole positions, as it is important to do that to get a good grid position."
Aoyama has just returned from testing for the iconic Suzuka 8-hour race in Japan - in which he will compete against his team-mate - which is held on July 29.