Rea focusing on 'new challenge' for 2017 season

Jonathan Rea says he will approach the 2017 season as a "new challenge" as he prepares to defend the World Superbike crown he has won for the last two years.

The Northern Irishman will again ride for Kawasaki and will begin his bid to become the first rider to secure the title three years in a row at the first round at Phillip Island on 25 and 26 February.

"It's going to be pretty tough but I believe in my ability and have faith in the team. I'm just going to try and stay healthy, injury-free and put a good season together," said Rea.

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