Jonathan Rea has moved to rubbish claims that he experienced a crash on the final day of testing at Phillip Island before adding that his lap of 1min 31.8secs was in fact the quickest of the week.
An official report from the test by WSBK organisers had stated that Rea didn't improve his time on the second day of action, leaving him down in seventh position overall on the Ten Kate Honda.
However, Rea insists he was in fact lapping at record pace at Phillip Island and didn't experience a crash as originally reported.
“Well, according to some websites, I crashed today and was like seventh quickest. I'm happy to report, however, that I didn't crash and did a 1'31.8s lap which we think was the fastest today!”
If correct, then it is Supersport graduate Rea who heads into the opening round of the season in charge having out paced his nearest rival by a comfortable four tenths of a second. The Northern Irishman was delighted with his performance.
“What matters is that we were able to find a setting that allows some tyre life at the end of the race and that I'm getting to grips with the traction control. We did two full race simulations today and the bike felt great. We know what we have to do next weekend but I'm really excited at the potential we've shown here.”