Jonathan Rea is turning his attentions to the first races of the World Superbike season after accomplishing his aim of getting on the front row during Superpole at Phillip Island.
Rea was a revelation throughout the day on the Ten Kate Honda, recovering from the technical problems that left him languishing in a provisional 17th position to snatch the top spot heading into Superpole.
Although the new multi-lap format meant his advantage from having the quickest time in Q2 was effectively nullified, Rea always in contention for a front row during Superpole.
Eventually, Rea chose against challenging Ben Spies' record-breaking lap time during the shootout, his initial single lap effort doing enough to ensure he will start his first race as a full-time WSBK rider on the front row in third.
“Of course, I'm happy to be on the front row for the first race of the year, especially after the problems we had yesterday. The new format of Superpole was pretty exciting for everyone and it was amazing to see so many riders doing 31s laps round here.”
However, Rea admits there are some unanswered questions heading into the two races, most notably tyre wear. With 22 laps to cover, Rea reveals the tyres go away at around the lap 16 mark.
“The races tomorrow will be pretty hard and the key is what happens to the tyres after about 16 laps. We'll go away and have a good think tonight about it.”