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Rea reveals 'good feeling' on MotoGP bow

Ten Kate World Superbike Championship front-runner Jonathan Rea makes an encouraging MotoGP debut in a private test session with HRC at Sepang in Malaysia
Jonathan Rea has revealed that he established a 'good feeling' aboard the Honda RCV212 during his maiden MotoGP test with HRC at Sepang in Malaysia today (Tuesday), and is now looking forward to the following two days.

In a private three-day test session around the Sepang International Circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Honda Ten Kate World Superbike Championship front-runner Rea joined HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi to help to develop the RCV212 in preparation for next season.

After the bike's riding position was adjusted to suit his stature, the 23-year-old joined his Suzuka 8-hour team-mate out on-track, with the pair making the most of the warm weather at the 5.548km circuit to complete almost a full day's work, interrupted only by a brief rain shower.

“Today I had great fun learning a MotoGP bike, and the Sepang circuit is impressive!” the Ulsterman reported following 51 laps as he familiarised himself with the characteristics of the grand prix machine. “My body is still not 100 per cent and this is a pity, but I had a very good day with the HRC test team.

“I've spent almost all of my career on production-derived bikes; I just rode a 125GP a few years ago, and today I had a good feeling riding the Honda RCV212. The bike feels very powerful, the engine revs higher than my CBR1000R and it is easy to change direction. I'd like to thank HRC and Honda Europe for this opportunity, and I'm looking forward for the next two days of testing.”

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December 14, 2010 11:43 PM

"Anyone think he may be being lined up to replace either Pedrosa or Dovi should they fail to do well next year come 2012 and the new 1000cc regs..." Even as a huge Rea fan I have to say no. First off, it's this thing call "the rookie rule" which makes it impossible for Rea to ride in the factory team unless he races full time in MotoGP in 2011 which he is not. 2ndly, Honda didn't want to run a 3 man factory team this year but was forced to by the contract they had with Dovi. So as soon as they can they will be dropping that extra bike. At this point you have to think Simoncelli is in better position to get the factory seat in the factory team should a spot open up. And knowing how Honda wants a Japanese champ you have to say Aoyama is in line too.

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December 14, 2010 11:24 PM

He comes from Ireland nowhere near new orleans He rides on a honda, kawasakis are green Top step of the podium is where he stood Now motogp gets a taste of jonny be good He never learnt to read or write so well But he slides a bike like he's givin it hell Go go Go jonny go go

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