The past few weeks have been frustrating for Jonathan Rea, but the Pata Honda rider is hoping the time off will help him to get back to the front
With the last round at Jerez taking place on September 7, Rea and his fellow riders have had plenty of free time on their hands, but the action resumes this weekend with the penultimate round at Magny-Cours.
The man from Northern Ireland will be eager to return to the podium in France after he slipped to 67 points behind Championship leader Tom Sykes following a P4 and P5 in Spain.
“I’m really excited to be going back to Magny-Cours,” he said. “I enjoy the circuit layout a lot and its fast direction changes seem to suit our package really well. We’ve also had some good results there in the past.
“To be honest, I’m just looking forward to riding the bike again; these long gaps between the last few races of the season are not good or helpful for maintaining any kind of rhythm. I’ve been doing a lot of training on my CRF450R motocrosser, just to keep my levels of concentration as high as possible.
“Last time out in Jerez we had some really good pace at the end of the races - probably among the strongest. Now we need to work on getting that pace earlier in the race to allow us to challenge for podiums and wins. But we’ll be starting in Magny-Cours with what we know and concentrate through the weekend on getting the best possible set-up for Sunday.”