WSBK » Rea: I wasn't happy at Ten Kate, but I am now

In an exclusive interview with, World Superbike Championship front-runner Jonathan Rea discusses his frustrations with Ten Kate Honda midway through 2010 - and explains why right now, he wouldn't want to be anywhere else

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November 23, 2010 11:57 AM

The relationship between JR and TK does seem to be a turbulent one. I remember the rows they had during the period before they switched to Ohlins in '09 and the interview with Ronald TK this year in MCN, where he strongly implied that the chatter issue was unsupported by data and was more in the rider's head than anything else. Those kind of comments don't make for a happy long term partnership.

Personally, I'd think he WOULD be happier elsewhere (Aprilia, Yamaha) because that Honda is just not going to have the same development in a cash-starved TK team, but at least he's going in confident of his own abilities. It's gonna be very tough next year - good luck to him.

jenky - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 1:28 PM

Time step up for 2011 then Rea. Its no good winning a couple of races here and there. You need to be up there 95% of the time to have a chance of winning the title. This is now your 3rd year in WSB so you HAVE to impress this year.

reas the real deal - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 5:44 PM

jenky @ hes impressive every year, and exciting to watch ! so he aint got an apriilia,or an R1,he will just have to make do with the dogged honda,nice to see honda helping the team ,now and again? he knows whats needed,and aims to change it


November 23, 2010 6:33 PM

We might see a diferent film this year. TK seem to be focusing weapons in one front. Pulling out of SS (their golden egg)and turning to SBK with (probably) some serious backing from Honda (they had their ass kicked seriously in the last 4 years) might bring some light into the black hole this bike turned out to be. May this is the reason that johny's so happy now.

MotoJack - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 7:13 PM

“The ethos of the championship has been lost a little bit with some companies producing race bikes and then homologating them and making them road bikes"

The championship has always been contested by race bikes - All the Ducati S bikes, The Yamaha R7, The petronas bikes, Hondas own RC45 and SP1 & SP2s were all limited production race bikes homolgomated for the street. Nothing new by Aprillia then just good execution.

Walter - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 12:53 AM

I can't believe such a good rider is going to waste another year of his life on that POS.

He should have started sending his resume to other teams as soon as the season was over. Bummer.

MM - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 5:59 AM

I was going to make the same point motojack but you got there first. What's worse anyway, making homologation specials which, if you are lucky enough to have the cash yourself, or sponsorship, you can own and/or race, or doing what Honda notoriously do now? i.e. produce an average streetbike and then throw $500,000 at it to turn it into a Superbike contender, changing just about everything but the cosmetics so the public thinks it has more than a passing relationship with the bike they can buy off the showroom floor.

MM - Unregistered

November 24, 2010 6:18 AM

Unbelievably, a UK site won't accept POUND signs in posts, just the Yankee dollar. You should be bloody well ashamed of yourselves Crash! I suppose it's in keeping with all your articles talking about "rookies", the "straightaway" and similarly rubbish.

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