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Rea: It was OK...

Jonathan Rea has set his sights on testing ahead of the 2009 season after an impressive debut World Superbike performance in Portugal delivered otherwise mixed results.

The former BSB race winner was returning to the Superbike fray for the first time since 2007 following a season in the Supersport class, but showed no signs of needing to re-acclimatise as he battled with the leaders from the off on Friday.

Going on to qualify third, Rea was up with the leaders in both races, even if a rather aggressive style in the first event resulted in a couple of errors that ultimately dropped him out of podium contention. Even so, a fourth place finish still gives his rivals a clear indicator as to his intentions for 2009.

While a forced error in the second event, which he briefly led, left him down in an eventual 15th, he was nonetheless satisfied with his maiden showing.

“It's been OK for a first weekend on the Superbike and I managed to get back into the groove OK,” he said. “In the second race, I got forced wide and ended up back in eighteenth. But I was strong enough to get back to fifteenth and to take fourth in race one was mega.

“Big thanks to both my Supersport and Superbike teams for making the transition so easy for me – and to hold on to second place in the World Supersport championship today was fantastic. I can't wait to start testing in South Africa next month for next season.”


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Paul 46!!!

November 03, 2008 9:20 AM

Some fantastic riding from Jonny... not out of place one bit in the WSBK field. I think he made race 1 hard for himself with his typewriter effect riding, i.e all the way through the pack, then a mistake and straight to the back of the group, all the way back through and all the way to the back again! still, great debut, he showed he is willing to fight hard and not give in, he will be one to watch next season for sure! cant wait!

Ray Von

November 03, 2008 5:28 PM

I have been a big fan of Rea for a long while now and really rate him as the best British rider for a generation and the most likely to do something like win a championship than any other rider from these isles. I don't think he'll need much to be winning next year, this lad is fast, i expect him to be in MotoGP by 2012.(thats if MotoGP will be worth going to by then)



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