Rea heads to Sepang confident

In the current standings, Rea leads team-mate Tom Sykes by 125 points and with 200 points available from the final eight races. Should he do well this weekend it would be tough to deny him from taking the WSBK championship. 

Sykes, Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam are the only riders mathematically that can challenge him. 

Heading into Malaysia for this weekend's racing; Rea feels that Kawasaki's Ninja ZX-10R is ideal for the Sepang circuit.

"I always enjoy the flyaway rounds. When I studied the Sepang races last year I struggled a little bit but it seems that the Ninja ZX-10R was quite a strong package. 

"I expect it to be really hot at Sepang. With the timings of the races and at this time of year there is a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon so we have to be ready to react to the weather as well. 

"At Laguna, with it not being such a high braking force track, quite twisty and with the temperature not being so high, I was not able to use my preferred front tyre,” said Rea. 

"So I expect in Malaysia, with the temperature increase and the heavy braking zones then my preferred harder front option will be the tyre of choice. I hope to be able to get back to my normal riding style and set the bike up accordingly. 

"Whilst we had a good pace at Laguna Seca, I was not entirely comfortable. It is important for me to have a strong weekend at Sepang before we start on the long summer break. 

"I really enjoy the Sepang track and the fans in Asia are always incredible, so I think to should be a great weekend," he added.