Ulsterman Jonathan Rea described today's weather-hit practice sessions at Misano as a "pointless exercise" as he prepares to make his race debut in the MotoGP World Championship at the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.

World Superbike star Rea, who has been called into the factory Repsol Honda team as a replacement for the injured Casey Stoner, ended the day sixth fastest overall on the RC213V after completing just three laps.

The 25-year-old ventured out in the afternoon, setting his best lap in a time of 1m 44.999s.

Afterwards, a frustrated Rea - whose team-mate Dani Pedrosa opted to stay put in the team garage - said: "It was a frustrating day with these weather conditions. This morning the track was slightly wet and began to dry up towards the end of the session, but then it began to rain again, so we didn't make it out at all.

"Then in second free practice I went out straight away with the slick tyre to try and get some kind of feeling and I only managed three full laps as the tyre wasn't getting up to temperature.

"It was a pretty pointless exercise and I didn't have any real feedback to give to the engineers," he added.

"It's a strange situation when the temperature is so low that none of the top riders even go out on track.

"We need to cross our fingers for some sunshine tomorrow so I can find a good rhythm on the bike and gain some confidence in the tyres in time for qualifying."


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