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Unwell Rea turns attentions to MotoGP
10 September 2012
Jonathan Rea will take a mixed bag of Word Superbike results to Misano, scene of his much anticipated MotoGP debut next week, following a 'frustrating' day at the Nurburgring.
Hampered by a stomach virus that laid him low, Rea was inside the top five when he slid off the track at the Ford Kurve into retirement, the Ulsterman one of several 'front-end victims' over the course of the day.
Making some amends in race two to finish in fourth, while Rea was pleased with the concluding result, he admits the Honda's grip out of the corners needs improving if he is to challenge for victories.
“It's been frustrating again because we had top five pace for race one but, looking at the data, I made a mistake in the corner before the crash. I arrived at a slower speed but I was carrying a bit more lean angle than on the previous lap, so it was a strange crash, but it was a mistake.
“Race two was OK at the beginning and we were fortunate that two of the front guys crashed out, which gifted us a couple of positions. But we still need to work on the throttle connection and the rideability of the bike off the corner because chassis-wise we're almost in the ball park at every race. But getting off the corner, especially when the tyre drops, is our biggest problem and that affects our top speed.
“It's been a positive weekend for my riding and the guys are working really hard in the box but, like the previous few rounds, we haven't been able to convert it into two solid results, so that's frustrating.
“Things weren't helped by the fact that I spent more time in the bathroom last night than in bed after picking up a stomach complaint, so I didn't start the day in a good way. But I felt much stronger for race two.”
Rea, who remains fifth in the standings, will deputise for Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda at Misano ahead of a much rumoured switch to the series for 2013 aboard the satellite Gresini machine.
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