Jonathan Rea taking nothing for granted in Spain

Jonathan Rea leads the World Superbike Championship
Jonathan Rea leads the World Superbike Championship

World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea has vowed not to get ‘carried away’ as he prepares for this weekend’s third round of the series at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

The Northern Ireland rider has won three of the first four races in Australia and Thailand and finished as the runner-up in race two at Phillip Island to head the standings by 10 points from Aprilia’s Leon Haslam.

It has been a whirlwind start to Rea’s career in the factory Kawasaki team, but the 28-year-old is keeping his feet on the ground.

“I left Thailand with such a good feeling and I have been speaking with my guys already about the plan for this weekend. We need to start at zero again, not get carried away, and it is going to be super-tough,” said Rea, who has now won 18 World Superbike races throughout his career.

“We are back in Europe where everybody has a lot of data, so it should be much, much more competitive. We just have to see where we stack up on Friday and Saturday and work methodically to make sure we have a package to compete at the front.”

The Aragon circuit hosts the first European round of the championship this year and Rea’s team-mate Tom Sykes will be aiming to snatch some of the limelight away from the Ulsterman on Sunday at a track where he bagged a double in 2014 after qualifying in pole position on the ZX-10R.