Jonathan Rea craving another double to extend World Superbike Championship advantage
World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea will be gunning for his third double victory of the season this weekend at Imola, Italy, which hosts round five of this year's WSB series.
The Ballyclare man has won six races from eight starts this year with his factory Kawasaki Racing Team, and will be looking to keep his rich vein of form intact on Sunday at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Rea came out of the corresponding round last season as championship leader when racing for Honda, but with a 50-point lead going into this year's event, the Ulsterman will undoubtedly be looking to extend that even further.
"I'm looking forward to Imola because it is a track I really enjoy," said Rea, whose Australian wife Tatia announced recently that she is expecting their second child.
"It's a technical track and requires a lot of thought. There are many areas where you can make up time by using different techniques."
Having spent a considerable amount of time in Italy last year, the 28-year-old is excited to be returning to race in front of the motorcycling Tifosi.
"It's the first time for us in Italy this year, so I'm excited to be going there. It is going to be another tough weekend because Imola always provides good racing but we are up to the challenge," he concluded.
Imola begins a run of four European-based meetings that will occur on alternate weekends: Imola (Italy), May 10; Donington (England), May 24; Portimao (Portugal), June 7 and Misano (Italy), June 21.