Rea relishes Silverstone return
Honda's Jonathan Rea hopes his "unbelievable" triumph at the Suzuka Eight Hours can provide the platform for further success on home soil at Silverstone this weekend.
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The British rider took a break from his regular World Superbike Championship duties last weekend to compete in bike racing's flagship endurance event in Japan.
Sharing with Japanese riders Kosuke Akiyoshi and Tady Okada, Rea took the top spot on the podium to create history as the first British rider to win the blue-riband event.
The 25-year-old Northern Irishman returns to his regular role this weekend at Silverstone looking to get his title tilt back on track after a disappointing showing in Brno last time out.
Rea now lies 84.5 points behind series leader Max Biaggi and needs to start clawing back that deficit if he is to have any realistic shot of landing his first title.
Although Rea missed out on racing at Silverstone last season through injury, he recorded two second-place finishes in 2010, and is hoping for more of the same in 2012 following his memorable win in Japan.
"The Suzuka race was unbelievable - there was so much happening but we managed to stay consistent and bring it home," he said.
"I'm a little tired and my body is adjusting after we got back to the UK on Monday evening but I'm looking forward to the week ahead.
"We had a very disappointing weekend at Brno last time out but I'm quite optimistic about Silverstone. I really enjoy the layout of the circuit and, although I missed last year, the bike worked pretty well there for me in 2010.
"I hope we can develop our new electronics package a little more this weekend and get some better throttle control.
"It'll be good to come back for a second home race this season - it's always great to meet the British fans and ride in front of them."