Jonathan Rea says a sixth place finish in the sole World Superbike Championship race at Monza is a satisfactory return given the circumstances of what he described as a 'manic, crazy weekend'.
With intermittent showers but warm temperatures ensuring the track was evolving constantly throughout race day, Race Direction chose to cancel the first race altogether, before a shower mid-way through the second saw it stopped after eight laps.
Agreeing with the decision to cancel race one on safety grounds, Honda's Rea explains the fast deterioration of the rear tyre in the wet conditions made it too dangerous to risk racing.
“It's been a manic, crazy weekend. As they say here: it's a big casino! The weather has played havoc and it's been a little bit like the Assen story with wet and dry. The problem here is that we're doing 330kph down the straight and the centre is just falling out of the wet weather tyre. So it's completely unsafe to ride in the wet conditions and that's why they cancelled race one.
Pleased with his result in race two, in particular finishing just behind the Aprilia and BMW machines that he feels have a straight-line advantage, Rea is now looking forward to a return to home soil at Donington
Park in little more than a month's time.
“Race two was declared dry but the Parabolica was completely wet and even in the race we had to be very careful at the beginning. But I'm happy with sixth here – the bike's working really well and I'm really happy with the set-up.
“It's just that down the straights here at Monza we didn't have the speed to challenge the Aprilias and BMWs. Anyway, the team's been working hard on a good set-up so we're looking forward to going to Donington.