Interview with Jonathan Rea

I love having him there and it's great for him to see what my career has turned into from when we used to rock up in a Transit.
What have been your worst injuries?

Jonathan Rea:
In 2004 I broke my femur really badly. We had the doctors saying that I could never race again. My trainer didn't listen to them and the rehab program he put together after 3 operations meant that I've got no negative effects now.

I've also got quite bad knees from motocross which were a real pain in the ass when I had to ride the Suzuka 8 hour race, my knees were crying in pain after 45 minutes and when you're doing four 1-hour stints, it's a tough race to get through
And when you're lying there in hospital, did you ever consider giving up?

Jonathan Rea:
No, I never think about it in hospital because that's when you're at your lowest and it's time to show the strength of character you've got.

It's tough when the results aren't coming and you feel like you are giving it everything though. There was a point in 2011 when I wasn't enjoying riding and I once swore to myself that if I wasn't enjoying things it was time to get out. I didn't though because I have more goals to achieve and I believe in my ability.

That was a low point, but I came back and pretty much dominated the Imola round. It gave me a great sense of achievement to have fought my way back from that low to getting that winning feeling again.
Is it true that initially after motocross you said that circuit racing was too boring for you?

Jonathan Rea:
I think that's just a journalist's phrase that's been held onto for a long time now. It's just from a conversation I was having with Michael Laverty at the NW200 before going to circuits. I just asked him what he found so interesting about circuit racing, but lo and behold, two years later I was hooked.

It was the mental side of circuit racing that really got me, putting sectors together and being inch perfect. In motocross, even at the top level, you can just wing it a little. Missing apexes doesn't necessarily ruin a lap.

On a circuit though it's 1/10th of a second win or lose. You can't fall asleep in a race and then put three laps effort in to make up the time, you have to be inch perfect the whole race. It's a real mental challenge to make the bike the best racing machine you possibly can with the crew around you. In cycling, the athlete makes up the vast majority of the performance, but in our sport the athlete makes up the final 30% so you've got to play your part fully.
You've raced in 600s and 1000s, which size do you think is better for racing?

Jonathan Rea:
From the rider's point of view, for sure the 1000 because the rider has a lot more technical input. You can change more on them to make them a better racing machine.

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Rea, Australian WSBK 2013
Stefan Bradl, Honda, World Superbikes [Credit: Honda WSBK]
Nicky Hayden, Suzuka 8 Hours, MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO Honda
Sykes, Rea, Davies, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Sykes, Rea, Davies, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Giugliano, Sykes, Rea, Davies, Hayden, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Giugliano, Sykes, Rea, Davies, Hayden, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Sykes, Giugliano, Rea, Davies, Hayden, U.S. WSBK Race 2, 2016.
Rea, U.S. WSBK, 2016.
Rea, Sykes, Giugliano, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Rea, U.S. WSBK, 2016.
Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Sykes, Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Rea, Sykes, Giugliano, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Rea, Sykes, Giugliano, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Sykes, Davies, Rea, Giugliano, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.
Sykes, Davies, Rea, U.S. WSBK Race 1, 2016.

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herewego - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 12:49 PM

I just love Jonathan Rea and have rated him since his early days in B.S.B. Jonathan is honest, down to earth and passionate about bikes and racing and that is what makes a good rider! Every race with Jonathan on the grid is always going to be a good one!!

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