WSBK » Rea, Aoyama excited by Imola challenge

'Our past results have been good at Imola so I am just excited to be going. We will start from our base set-up that we took away last year and see where the weekend takes us' - Jonathan Rea

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Ridgeracer - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 12:59 PM

Go REA i know you can do it!! been a fan of yours since the start of your career im sure you will do wel in Imola. Best of luck i hope two podium finishes are in order :)


March 28, 2012 1:53 PM

I know it's early days but Aoyama came to WSBK as a mid pack runner in MotoGP and front runner in 250 GP's - he should be doing as well as Biaggi or Checa when they started. Being consistantly beaten by Jonny Rea in testing and racing makes Rea look good and Aoyama look bad and will mean that he loses the ride after 1 year. He's got to do something this weekend!


March 28, 2012 3:31 PM

@ Sweeble

Getting a little ahead of yourself there aren't you?
Hiro had 2 seasons in MotoGP, Biaggi had 8, Checa 12,5 seasons.
Hiro was also on a slower customer bike in MotoGP. The kid has had 1 race and 2/3 tests?!?! Don't count HIS chickens before they're even close to hatching...


March 28, 2012 4:06 PM


Hiro is already doing as well as Checa on the honda. Checa got his **** handed to him by Rea when they were teammates, just like everyone else that has stepped onto that honda since.

amafan - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 5:34 PM

Priaulx2 you might want to check your facts, Checa was almost always in the top 5 in his 2 years racing with Honda, he just crashed to much . He doubled at Miller in 2008,and in 2009 at Miller he was 2nd to Spies in the 1st race,and in the 2nd race he was 2nd to Spies again ,before he crashed out of the race .


March 28, 2012 6:25 PM


Consider my facts checked.
2009 season Rea and Checa as teammates. Reas first full season in wsbk (entered one event previous year). Checas 2nd full season in wsbk and 2nd season on honda.

Rea: 2wins, 8podiums, 2 fastest laps, 315 points.
Checa: 0wins, 4podiums, 0 fastest laps, 209 points.

Check and mate.

amafan - Unregistered

March 28, 2012 8:12 PM

You also said, Aoyama was doing better then any of Rea's other teamates,and that is wrong, Checa was racing in the lead group in 2009 most of the time,but like I said he crashed way to much that year . Aoyama was running mid pack at Phillip Island,and was lucky a lot of riders were injured and crashed out of both races,are ranoff the track, are he would not even been in the top 10 in either race . Rae did have a better year then Checa in 2009, no doubt, but Aoyama is not as fast as Checa was in 2009 yet . I like Rea . I think he is the fastest British rier in the World,but he is racing on a outdated,and slow Honda CBR1000RR, but I still have him and Sykes as my 2 WSBK riders ,on my MCN fantasy team .


March 29, 2012 1:23 AM

I actually said as well as, not better than. However, I'll concede that is a slight exaggeration based on the season so far. However, Checa finished 7th in the championship that year and I wouldn't rule out Hiro from accomplishing that this year.

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