A frustrated Jonathan Rea lost out on yet more crucial development time at Aragon today as wet weather blighted opening practice at the Spanish circuit.
Rea, standing in again for the injured Casey Stoner in the Repsol Honda team, faced a similar scenario ahead of his MotoGP race debut at Misano a fortnight ago.
The 25-year-old Ulsterman, who confirmed last weekend that he will remain with Honda in the World Superbike Championship next season, once again finds himself on the back foot as he attempts to make the most of his chance to ride the factory RC213V.
He opted against participating in FP1 this morning, when conditions were neither wet nor dry, but took to the track in the wet in FP2, posting the 11th fastest time.
Rea, whose quickest lap in the treacherous conditions was 3.827s behind pacesetter Ben Spies, admitted he was “a little too cautious” as he adapted to the handling characteristics of the RC213V on the slippery surface.
“It's been pretty frustrating because I feel like we've lost another day, it's the same story as Misano,” said Rea.
“It was the first fully wet session we've had and the big difference for me was with the tyres and when they lose traction you can play with the rear grip slightly.
“I was riding a little too cautious today and I feel I need to push the tyres more and be more comfortable with the bike moving around.”
Rea, eighth on his MotoGP race debut at Misano, completed over 100 laps at Aragon during a test earlier this months and is praying for dry weather to take full advantage of the knowledge he gained during the shakedown.
“I wasn't too happy with myself as in the last few laps this afternoon I was on personal best sectors and I made a few mistakes as the front tyre didn't feel very stable on the carcass,” he said.
“I guess we need to be thankful we were able to test here a few weeks ago and we completed over a hundred laps so for the dry we should be ok, but in the wet my feeling is still not 100%.
“Let's see what the conditions bring tomorrow.”