MotoGP » Rea 'nowhere near limit' on Repsol Honda

'I'm still nowhere near the limit... it's a matter of trust and I'm still acclimatising to the machine' - Jonathan Rea

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September 16, 2012 10:24 PM

He rode a steady race and kept a calm head, which I'm sure a few people weren't expecting. So kudos to the lad. However, eighth is maybe a bit of a false representation. He followed an injured Hayden home. On a normal sunday Hayden would normally have been behind Pedrosa and probably Cal. And I have to say Hayden injured would probably have been beaten by Barbera.

So had Cal and Barbera not screwed up we'd probably have seen Rea finish lower down the order. However he's learned a lot and is still improving, so hopefully he'll consolidate that result in two weeks time.

dustytracks - Unregistered

September 16, 2012 10:53 PM

but petrolbonce, you cant talk about ifs and buts. the point is jr didnt screw up and thus did better than cal and barbera. Im sure you are aware of the statment. To finish first, first you must finish!


September 16, 2012 11:04 PM

Indeed I agree, all I'm saying is that an eighth place could be said to be flattering to deceive. Aragon may, or may not, show something different.

The same goes for those claiming that Rossi is back or that Bautista deserves a factory ride because he finally put his semi works Honda on the podium. Would that have happened had it been business as usual for the rest of the field. A lot of things that happened today were not representative of a normal MotoGP race. And when you're looking at the big picture of a whole season it's important to acknowledge that.

To do otherwise would be like trying to decide the result of a race based on positions after one lap. For example plenty of people thought Bradl was going to be on the podium after a few laps, but more thoughtful observers were paying attention to how ragged he looked compared to others and what that must have been doing to his tyres and whether he had the stamina to keep riding like that.


September 17, 2012 12:35 AM

I saw an interview with Rea and he stated with a wry grin that he wasn't asked to take Casey's bike he was told in no uncertain terms. So it would seem pretty obvious Honda want him.
Oh and yes he done all right kept it up and didn't do anything foolish, sensible ride really.

Ag - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 4:45 AM

I guess Josh Hayes and Nakasuga performed better than Rea in Valancia last year.. He could not even defeat an injured Hayden.. I think he not confident.. But a rider of his caliber should learn fast..

Mathers Cross - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 8:12 AM

Realistically from looking at that result other than getting in front of nicky that was the best position JR was going to get. He never was going to compete with the guys in front yet. He said on TV that the morning warmup had sent their setup in the wrong direction. Not getting any dry laps on friday didnt help. Also to me that track was tight probably not the easiest place to race a mgp beast you need tons of confidence. So all in all a sensible first race.

job done for now - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 9:14 AM

well honda told rea to bring it home at all costs,so i think they knew and rea knew,that he had to get a full race on it to gain vital experience,he wont learn much in the sandpit pushing for a top 6,(yet)yeah cal and danni crashed,but as for barbera and abraham,rea was beating them anyway,and was faster in practice as well,so i dont think their crashes would have changed any results.he reckons he can push at aragon nxt time

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