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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matty - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 9:35 AM

fantastic job by Jhonny,for a world super bike rider to come in at the last second to be put on the best bike in the world of motorbike racing he did very well.The last thing he or Honda would want is Jhonny crashing the bike.It is a million miles away from what he rides so to finish where he finished was top.It takes a lot more time on the bike to ride it as it should be ridden and you could tell that,but given time Jhonny would be up there just look at Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow.

DreadUK - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 10:06 AM

Unlike most of the critics on this forum, sadly I have never ridden a MotoGP bike but I don't think I would want to crash it just to "find the limit". JR is a bit of a crasher in SBK but only because he seems to over ride the bike to make up for its deficiencies. He knows the fireblade well and seems to have it competing beyond where it's reasonably expected to be. I suspect that's why Honda like him enough to give him a shot on a GP bike. I think their looking for another Stoner who, on his day, can simply ride rings round people by somehow making the bike overperform.

petrolbonce

September 17, 2012 10:22 AM

"So it would seem pretty obvious Honda want him."

Really? Is that why they gave him a factory contract for next year? Oh, wait...

What Honda probably wanted was to try him out in MotoGP and to give him a sniff of a factory ride in the class to keep him sweet. Where they want him would seem to be in WSB. I could be wrong and we might see him on the fourth Honda next year, but somehow I doubt it.

What Honda don't want is to see Rea defecting to somebody else, but it's clear that they don't think he's good enough for a regular factory ride in MotoGP.

DreadUK - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 12:54 PM

@petrolbonce

and you're naive enough to believe that Honda just chuck a contract at anyone they think might do well?

Pedrosa, Stoner, Sic, Rossi, Lorenzo, Biaggi.....they were all groomed for years within the GP paddock to perform on MotoGP bikes when the teams thought the riders were good and ready, not when the riders thought they were ready. Why take Rae instead of say Tom Sykes from SBK? Sykes is riding well, competing for the title but they chose Rae for the very reasons I outlined earlier. To further complicate matters, sponsors have a say in it all as well and contract terms and lengths means timings also play a part. The resignation of Stoner threw a massive spanner in the works as Honda haven't had time to prepare someone else. Having the limited testing time on a prototype bike with completely different tyres that Rae has, and yet to finish the race with a respectable time, forget his finishing position, is testament to Rae's abilities. I'll bet Rae was given a target finis

What? - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 3:21 PM

Foggy,Haga did better with wildcards? I fail to see the similarity cos everyone in the know says that the big big difference between the top class and other formulas now are the Bridgestone tyres and the confidance they need to exploit them. Years ago when Foggy and Haga had the wildcards there wasn't a control tyre with the unique properties of the motogp Bridgestone. More recent comparisons of Cal and Bradl are nearer to the point and Rea wasn't that far behind even forgetting about his limited practice.

fan - Unregistered

September 17, 2012 3:23 PM

this result proof crt concept is a piece of ****, how is the world under performance bikes r circulating in the same race then best bike in the world

daniel kuchnia

September 17, 2012 7:04 PM

@ben1

I dont agree. 43 gap to the winner is a lot, but without testing and less time on machine, thats a godd sign.

Mr. Rossi was in Qatar 33 second to winner, where the Duc was always strong, Silverstone more than 35 second. And he had a possibilitis to ride the machine a little more often than JR.

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