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Jonathan Rea getting all geared up for World domination

By Paul Lindsay

The FIM Superbike World Championship reaches the halfway point on Sunday at Portimão, where series leader Jonathan Rea will be looking to extend his 101-point advantage with the help of his Kawasaki Racing Team.

A winner in race two last season at the Portuguese venue with his former team Ten Kate Honda, Ulsterman Rea has gone on to win no less than eight of the opening 12 races so far in 2015, and scored second place in all the other four.

This puts him on a remarkable total of 280 points, with the season still not quite half completed, but as ever the Isle of Man resident remains fully focused on the job in hand.

"I was soaking up the pre-TT atmosphere in the Isle of Man before heading to Portimão," said Rea.

He went on: "Portimão is a circuit that I really enjoy and is a cool place to go as the weather should be really nice at this time of year.

"I am looking forward to riding the Kawasaki there because I have some really good memories. I took a race win at Portimão last year, in the wet, which was very nice," Rea added.

"This year we will try and build on what we have done already, but my target is to go for both race wins."

Rea will return to the Isle of Man for a Monster Energy TT parade lap on June 10, when he will ride a road-going Ninja ZX-10R replica of his racing machine.

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