"We never saw that what happened at the start of this year with Alvaro was going to happen.
Rea wins record fifth world title in a row
"I feel good in this position and I'm going to work really hard with my team to make it six.
"I feel like I've got everything mapped out. I've won the championship from the front, I've came from the rear now, I'm in the best team and it's up to me to put it all together."
Of course, the 33-year-old is the favourite to triumph again after winning the last five championships, but he also now has 2019 British Superbikes victor Scott Redding to contend with, along with Bautista and his other rivals.