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Jonathan Rea - Q&A

"I would love the chance to ride in MotoGP again but I need to do a good job in SBK before I think about that too much" - Jonathan Rea.
An exclusive interview with Pata Honda World Superbike star Jonathan Rea. Rea, who missed the end of the 2013 season due to a broken femur after falling on oil, is preparing to start his sixth year in WSBK...

Crash.net:
Have you noticed any major differences in yourself since becoming a father?

Jonathan Rea:
I have always been organised but now I have to be much more organised with my time. In fact, I'm not sure how I used to fill my days, now that I am so busy with Jake. I try to be as involved as possible to give my wife a break and to be there as much as I can for my son.

Crash.net:
For most elite athletes having a child means that they have to be less 'selfish' than in the past, you have to put someone else before your own priorities. Have you found this and if so how has it affected you?

Jonathan Rea:
Of course, especially at social events. My brother-in-law got married recently and we party pooped and were in bed by 11pm! My priorities have changed and it's not all about me anymore, but it's also still very important that I do the required training for my job. It's once again about prioritising your time.

Crash.net:
How would you sum up the 2013 season?

Jonathan Rea:
Very disappointing! Every off-season I go away and make myself the best I can be off the bike in preparation for the season ahead, but it felt that, in 2013, we started so far behind, my motivation dropped a little. I had to be realistic and develop an electronics package that should have been developed over the winter if we had received parts on time. Consequently, we were constantly playing catch-up to our rivals. And then the injury at Nurburgring, when I crashed on someone else's oil, put my season to bed.

Crash.net:
The Honda was outgunned for most of last year, what were the major weaknesses of the bike?

Jonathan Rea:
We have always struggled on really fast circuits like Monza because we are a little bit behind on top speed. And also our electronic strategies last season were very under developed as I mentioned before.

Crash.net:
Last year yourself and Leon [Haslam] both fractured your legs, how much did this hold back the development of the package or is it simply at the end of its development cycle?

Jonathan Rea:
I honestly felt that we had got the bike into a pretty good area before I got injured, but missing the last part of the season was a major blow to the whole team because I think the development slowed down quite a lot.

Crash.net:
What is the potential of the package for next season and what's your expectations?

Jonathan Rea:
I expect to be in a much stronger position than I was in last season to challenge at the front more regularly. But we have to be realistic, we are coming from behind so we can't set our targets too high just yet. I believe our potential is better than 2013 because already in testing I have felt some good sensations and I am more motivated than ever to turn our fortunes around!

Crash.net:
You've raced for Honda in BSB, WSS and WSBK - how is your relationship with the factory?

Jonathan Rea:



Related Pictures

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Jonathan Rea, Jerez WSBK test, December 2013
Jonathan Rea, Jerez WSBK test, December 2013
Rea, British WSBK, 2013
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2014
Baz, Sykes, Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Baz, Sykes, Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Baz, Sykes, Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Jonathan Rea, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, collide, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, collide, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, collide, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, collide, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014
Giugliano, Jonathan Rea, collide, Aragon WSBK Race 1 2014

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Nick636

January 09, 2014 6:39 AM

"But I believe that in the future Dorna will take SBK to the next level in terms of entertainment and value for sponsors, fans, teams and riders. " Wow... Ok Johnny. I like the guy a lot, watching him enter the mine shaft at Kyalami was a sight to behold, but that is some serious Dorna-@ss-kissing going on right there. @shakennstirred Sadly I agree. He pegged all his hopes on Honda moving him up, winning him a WSBK title first, but their commitment has not matched Johnny's and I feel it is now too late for him. Pity...



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