Rea happy to be back in Italy

Defending world Superbike champion Jonathan Rea is excited to be back on Italian shores a year after he struggled to get a result.

The Brit would have to settle for second place behind Chaz Davies 12 months ago at Imola, but Rea is confident his new Kawasaki ZX-10RR will lead to a positive result this weekend.

"I enjoy the track and the atmosphere at Imola," the 30-year-old told

"It is normally the first round in Europe where we see the nice weather coming along and I have been out here in Italy for a few days just to spend some time here. 

"After the last few races everything has been going in the right way. We faced a really difficult Imola last season, and had many challenges, but this year our bike has been even more competitive – so I am excited to see how the ZX-10RR works there. 

"We will just go about our plan and try to make a good package for both races. Our bike is working in a much bigger window than last year and that gives me a lot of confidence."

Rea has dominated the 2017 season so far, winning every race except at Aragon, where he finished second place behind Davies.