WSBK » Rea: We've pinpointed the problems now

Frustrated by the various problems that conspired to derail his bid for glory in 2010, Jonathan Rea is confident Ten Kate Honda has now got to the bottom of the issues that rendered consistency so elusive this year

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November 18, 2010 3:44 PM

I see Rea being in the 2011 title fight along with Biaggi, Checa and possibly Melandri (if his testing form bears out). But then I thought that last year and we saw another season blighted by inconsistency.

2011 will be something of a make-or-break season for him because another 4th place in the series will begin to suggest that he's reached a plateau. Solving the chatter issues is certainly a part of that but he also needs to cut out the unforced errors and costly crashes. If both of those things happen then I think we might see the true measure of him next year.

Trev - Unregistered

November 18, 2010 4:35 PM

hahaha, i saw this thread and saw 2 posts and i said to myself 'i bet rawdawgs's one of those', and low and behold he here is hahaha! I think he has some kind of love affair with this guy lol!

Ever thought that the inconsistency is not just down to the bike, but partly down to yourself?

2011 will be a similar to 2010 for Mr rea.

MD - Unregistered

November 18, 2010 4:53 PM

Well Jonny if you've identified the problem - no excuses next year the, eh?

Time to p**s or get off the pot. Time to fulfill that enormous potential we all saw in you when you were sat on the front row of the grid on a Fireblade at Mallory as a teenager.

Time to step up.


November 18, 2010 5:24 PM

Whoa ! Easy guys...

Has anyone achieved a top 5 finish - let alone a podium or a win - on the blade in WSBK 2010 ?

The bike is definitely to blame. Max Neukirchner working wonders on the Suzuki only managed one (or two) top ten finishes all season long...

Rea deserves nothing but +props for his performances.


November 18, 2010 10:33 PM

"Only 3 seasons ago, this bike won the championship."

You're absolutely clueless if you think "this bike" won the title in 2007. A 2007 Blade looks nothing like a 2010 bike - stock off the showroom floor or in race trim. Never mind the documented troubles they've had with chatter the last 2 years or how they ditched WP suspension for Ohlins last year which didn't completely solve it or how Max N. completely feel about trying to come to grips with it.

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