Jonathan Rea has disregarded any considered successful the Global Superbike identify as “ridiculous” forward of the penultimate spherical of the championship this weekend in Indonesia.
The Kawasaki rider is 98 issues at the back of elected champion Alvaro Bautista, who’s 82 issues forward of reigning champion Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2nd position with six races to head.
Spanish rider Bautista may take the identify day after today within the opening race on the Mandalika World Boulevard Circuit if he manages to overcome Razgatliolgu by way of 17 issues, whilst Rea shall be mathematically dominated out if he finishes at the back of the Ducati chief.
Together with his look forward to a 7th global crown to proceed in 2023, Rea will as an alternative be keen to go back to successful techniques after a barren stint with no win.
The 35-year-old used to be final at the best step of the rostrum when he secured a double in Portugal’s Estoril in Would possibly.
Since then, key competitors Bautista and Razgatlioglu have received all 21 races to stamp their authority at the identify race.
Rea is heading into the weekend hoping for a repeat of his good fortune ultimately 12 months’s Indonesian circuit, the place he received each races, as the brand new venue hosted a Global Superbike spherical at the tropical island of Lombok for the primary time.
“We will attempt to convey the sure vibes from final 12 months right here this 12 months,” Rea stated.
“We now have stepped forward since final 12 months, the issue is that everybody has additionally stepped forward.
“We want to see the place we’re with the observe resurfacing. Friday is set working out the stipulations, setting up laps and cleansing the observe, no longer making giant set-up calls.
“I am empty-headed about any function this weekend – fascinated by the championship is a little bit ridiculous now, Alvaro has executed an improbable activity.
“I will be able to focal point on myself and I will be able to do my very best this weekend.”
Rea additionally shared his ideas on subsequent 12 months’s go back of former Kawasaki team-mate and longtime sparring spouse Tom Sykes, who had a irritating season within the British Superbike Championship this 12 months with Paul Chicken’s MCE Ducati group.
The 2013 Global Champion will experience Kawasaki machines for the unbiased Puccitti Racing group.
“It is great for Tom Sykes to return again into the championship as a result of he is an improbable competitor, however developmentally he is this sort of distinctive rider that there is no longer a lot resemblance to how I experience or how I expand the motorbike.” stated Rea. “I will be able to proceed to paintings with my group and particularly with Alex and our crews to expand the ZX-10RR during the iciness.”
Sunday’s races are at the time table sooner than 02:30 GMT and 05:30 GMT.