WSBK » Rea hits new peak with ‘perfect’ podium


Jonathan Rea notches up a fourth World Superbike podium of the season to rise to a new peak of second in the standings - his highest position since making his debut in 2009.

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phil arm - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 12:47 PM

In what universe is that honda a fairly good package. Only reason Johnny overrides is to try and stay at the front. If the package was good then other riders such as checa would have been competitive on it not just johnny. As for being a loose cannon he is being extremely consistent this season the loose cannons in wsbk for me this season seem to be melandri and guiliango.

Chief Wiggum - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:04 PM

there there now:

If the Honda is "actually fairly good" like you suggest then why isn't ex 250 world champ (i.e. no mug) Aoyama getting similar results on it? In fact when was the last time anyone riding a fireblade stood on the podium except Johnny?

Also, your "answer" did nothing to explain your opinion that Johnny "is not consistent"

Unfortunately for you there are championship points tables which reflect how "consistent" each rider is - generally the more consistent are nearer the top and Johnny is currently second in the standings

Lesson over........

there there now - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:07 PM


@Phil arm:

Hello, this universe in which you seem frighteningly removed from, if the bike is so bad how was it second in race two, and even though Rea is a great rider he certainly would not be lying second in the championship if it was not reasonably competitive no matter how good he is, as for Checa he just was not comfortable on the blade, did not suit his riding style simple as that

ant - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:16 PM

Possibly, we wont know till we see HRC stickers plastered on the bike....but i have a feeling that Honda are warming up for a full return to SBK:
Remember this is the Honda World Superbike team. Hiroshi Aoyama was chosen by HONDA JAPAN for the second seat, not Ten Kate. Xaus and riders before were chosen by TK. A round in Indonesia and India are on callender for 2013. These are two of the biggest markets for motorcycles so you can bet that Honda wants a firm and solid advertisement in these markets. They will want to show just how good their products are. Add in the fact too that Honda has split with Hero motorcyles beacause they want to go it alone. Honda will definitely want greater exposure to establish a firm foothold in India and try and regain the no1 spot...

there there now - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:28 PM


@Chief wigwam:

" If the Honda is actually fairly good like you suggest then why isn't ex 250 world champ (i.e. no mug) Aoyama getting similar results on it? "

Easy lesson for you, he is a two stroke champ who has not adapted well to the heavier four strokes.

" did nothing to explain your opinion that Johnny "is not consistent"

another easy lesson, only this season, and because when he get's into a close fight he has a tendency to make poor tactical judgments, (loose cannon )
he's been fairly lucky so far not many one on one battles.

simple as what? - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:52 PM

@there there now..you are frightfully missing perspective in your assessment of the Honda old boy..I presume you are aware of the theory of relativity?
Was the desmoseidici Gp07 a good bike when CS won the championship,or was it a POS when Loris was running around outside the top ten?(add Rossi's current predicament into your conclusion)...Now apply this theory to the Fireblade and explain your how you came up with your assessment..Aoyama,Xaus,Neukirchner,Checa,Sofuoglu,Kiyonari-maybe the Honda just "didnt suit their riding style",or maybe Rea was just able to overcome its uncompetitiveness with his phenomenal extraterrestrial awesomeness.Maybe the others don't have that.

Kyle - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 1:53 PM

You can see he is inconsistent if you like hard to argue with the facts 2nd in championship on a pos bike this is proved by the fact he teammate a world champion is struggling badly at least a second a lap slower and where are all the privateer teams... Well away from Honda.

ant - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 2:01 PM

@shamarone

Possibly, we wont know till we see HRC stickers plastered on the bike....but i have a feeling that Honda are warming up for a full return to SBK:
Remember this is the Honda World Superbike team. Hiroshi Aoyama was chosen by HONDA JAPAN for the second seat, not Ten Kate. Xaus and riders before were chosen by TK. A round in Indonesia and India are on callender for 2013. These are two of the biggest markets for motorcycles so you can bet that Honda wants a firm and solid advertisement in these markets. They will want to show just how good their products are. Add in the fact too that Honda has split with Hero motorcyles beacause they want to go it alone. Honda will definitely want greater exposure to establish a firm foothold in India and try and regain the no1 spot...

ant - Unregistered

June 11, 2012 2:07 PM

@there there now

well my post was directed at shamarone on the possibility of HRC returning ... or on the possibility of them lending a hand this season to Rea who is doing a fantastic job in 2nd place..
As for Aoyama? cant see him staying if he doesnt improve dramatically. What is bizarre is he had a fairly good run at Philip Island, a track he is familiar with, but has since completely lost his way and cannot even register at a track he is familiar with (san marino). I would love to see how Loris Baz goes on the machine...he seems to be able to ride anything on two wheels..

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