MotoGP » Rea closes the gap, Misano race debut confirmed

"I did a long run and my fastest lap came at the end, so I need to push these tyres much harder and it's a question of trust" - Jonathan Rea.

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Perenialnovice - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 6:59 PM

I am impressed as anyone. I think knowing Rea's career, that he might have tried too hard, were it not for the experience of Suzuka 24hrs race, he would have tried to go too fast too soon. Very well done and gifted himself another go for the real thing. His times were faster than some at the June test, so he if he get's past the first lap, still on board, then he should do himslef a lot of credit. But what good it will do him I do not know- maybe the Gressini ride next year?

Randy - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 7:22 PM

Tire make a big difference. In MotoGP Johny cannot trust Bridgestone, because he know Pirelli is dying when you going fast.
Now he is going to Germany, and I'm worried that he will trust Pirelli a little bit more than tires can give

Locky - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 7:38 PM

Rea's reputation as a crasher comes from a Superbike that is well behind the rest of the grid, he has no need to over ride the GP bike, quite the reverse, and he has the innate speed, skill and grit to race with anyone.
Guys like Pedrosa at 49kg and 7 years on a GP bike will obviously not be in his sights yet but lets celebrate his very arrival at the top table, Honda have kept him waiting long enough and he has been very faithful to them where other riders would have spat the dummy long ago, given how the Superbike has languished behind in WSB.
Where might he finish? Hmmm.....given the small field if he keeps his head surely top 6 is doable...on the other hand we have four fingers and a thumb. Etc.

Aernando Flonso - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 7:40 PM

JR ain't Ben S . He ain't even Cal C. What HRC can do is give him a) a Superblade and tell him to win the WSBK title or bust and b) make him the official HRC test rider,schedule permitting, so, like in F1, he gets enough time on the Stones and the bike.
What the majority transitioning from WSBK to MGP talk about is the immediate commitment of MGP riders from the first corner of the race. It's a different mindset. Like others have opined, he'd have done a excellent job if he finishes in front of any continuously running prototype. I wish him luck.

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