WSBK » No century spoils for frustrated Rea

Jonathan Rea reaches his 100th WSBK race milestone at Phillip Island, but a pair of eighth place finishes leave him scratching his head.

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190mph - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 11:15 AM

Met his match? no, but it is nice to see a teammate who can actually race the Fireblade as well as Rea and hopfully take this team forward. It's frustrating though that once again it's electronics that are causing problems with the bike.

pp916 - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 11:40 AM

It would appear that Ten Kate have inherited an electronics system from HRC that is as fickle as the one BMW have been running....maybe that's why Haslam is going slightly better at the mo, he's used to having a bike that is prone to wierd behaviour down to fiesty electronics. Hope they get it sorted before to much of the season has gone or before both riders start crashing thro' frustration.

Ivor Bueb - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 12:27 PM

Whitham said they are using the electronics from the RC213.
They are hindered by different tires, limited adjustability on the CBR, less resources than Repsol and limited testing time.

At least with 2 competitive riders this year they should be in a better position to get the data to sort it out before too many races. Hopefully.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 4:10 PM

I saw an article stating that honda would be supplying software for the cosworth electronics. I really doubt Ten Kate have the money to equip their bikes with the sensors/electronics/expertise to run the RC213 electronics, especially when you would need to completely redo all the settings and test out the butt to get them up to the bike's potential. Besides Casey was complaining about the TC on his bike up until he retired.

BTW, Honda wont write software for another companies proprietary product. They will 'configure' and test/attempt to ... maybe even right some 'code' on top of whats already been done but they wont completely rewrite all the software for someone else's stuff, that would be insane for Cosworth to allow honda access to their technology like that, and a waste of time for Honda to rebuild all the code.

Firedawg11 - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 4:29 PM

Maybe he's not as awesome as everybody thinks, like all the british announcers. He is good very good not taking anything away from him , but come on when other british riders are doing good they still bring him up and give excuses for him. Am I the only one that see's this.

Sillius Soddus - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 4:53 PM

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel ...

But right now I'd not trust those overly complex HRC derived electronics not to switch it off without warning.

On the up side, some of Rea's & Haslam's times in practice - in race one for that matter - suggest he's telling it straight about at last having more power. Those Blades are still not clocking the same top speeds as the Aprilias & BMs tho.

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