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WSBK Assen: ‘Typical Assen’ for buoyant Rea
28 April 2013
Though he wasn't quite the fifth World Superbike victory at Assen he was hoping for, Jonathan Rea was nonetheless pleased to come away with second and fourth place results at the end of a much improved weekend for the Pata Honda team.
Qualifying second around Ten Kate Racing's home circuit, Rea became embroiled in a three-way battle for second place with the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty in race one, a battle he would ultimately prevail in to score Honda's first podium of the season.
Eyeing a repeat of that performance in race two, Rea would get bogged down by an intense tussle for third position with Loris Baz, Guintoli and Chaz Davies. Frustrated by electronics interfering with his corner speed, Rea was nonetheless pleased to grab fourth at the chequered flag,
“It was kind of typical Assen – we got on the podium, which was good! In race one I rode really good but just had nothing for Sykes. In race two I was feeling quite good in the beginning but it was a little bit my fault that we couldn't be on the box. I lost too much ground in the early laps, making mistakes, and then got involved in a battle for third with two other guys.
“It was clear that I didn't have the acceleration off the small corners and where I was really strong in race one, in the back section, in race two I had too much electronics interference. There was a little bit of inconsistency and we'd changed tyres, and it was clear that the tyre in race two was spinning more. I know we've got more power than this but it's impossible to accelerate like the others so we need to find some kind of compromise in the early corner exit area to make the power more manageable.
“It's lucky that we have a two-day test to do that on Wednesday and Thursday before we go on to Monza where speed's very important. A two and a four this weekend is not a win like Assen should be for me, but we've got to be satisfied.
“We've come from a long way back and the championship position is looking a bit healthier than it did after Aragon so I guess I'm satisfied with the weekend.”
Rea lies fifth in the overall standings, 48 points behind series leader Guintoli.