Interview with Jonathan Rea

My problem was getting the power down when opening the throttle and how the traction control was being applied coming out of the corner. The traction control was working far too much and killing too much power. In one 30 metre stretch of track coming out of a corner two guys passed me when I had fresh tyres and had the most grip, that shouldn't happen. The electronics were getting in the way rather than helping.

We've now got five days testing to work on it before the next race. We've got to get the electronics sorted before working on the chassis.
Leading on from that, the general opinion amongst fans is that there are too many electronics on race bikes...

Jonathan Rea:
Basically I agree, but electronics are also part of the challenge of creating a fast bike and they help consistency, tyre life and safety, so there are positives.

For me they kill the show a bit. I caught the good old days on the HM Plant Honda where we were just using basic anti spin and the bike needed more rider input, I enjoy that side of things.
How is it going with Leon [Haslam]?

Jonathan Rea:
It's a healthy relationship in the garage. We're on the same wavelength, both speak English and get on well away from the track. Also, he's fast which is good for the team and we can develop the bike together.

Without a doubt he's the fastest and most competitive team-mate I've had since Andrew Pitt in 2008. I'm sure there's a lot we can learn from each other.
What did you think of your experience in MotoGP, replacing Casey Stoner while he as injured last year?

Jonathan Rea:
I enjoyed every minute of it, but it was always at the back of my mind that my main job was in WSBK and I think that Ronald would have murdered me if I'd come back injured. I just tried to be like a sponge and learn as much as I could.

For sure I rode very conservatively. I was often doing sums in my head about how much the various parts of the bike cost and I probably treated it with too much respect. My target was to not get beat by the CRTs and I achieved that quite comfortably and mixed it with the prototypes.
Is it possible for a SBK rider to totally lose the Superbike riding style for MotoGP?

Jonathan Rea:
I think the rider can always adapt. Also various styles work, you don't necessarily have to have a MotoGP style, it depends on the bike.

The thing that I found difficulty getting my head around was the lean angle you had to carry, the amount of lean angle you can get on those tyres is incredible. When I came back to WSBK, my crew chief had to constantly remind me to get off the side of the tyre.
Have you had any offers to ride in MotoGP?

Jonathan Rea:

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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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