Rea confident of race improvements

Jonathan Rea is turning his attentions to tomorrow's races after a troublesome day of action at Assen, including a crash and a mechanical issue.

The Northern Irishman was in high spirits following provisional qualification, but suffered an inauspicious start to the day when he crashed during final qualifying after sliding off on dust that had been placed down following an earlier accident.

Nonetheless, he picked himself up to go second fastest in the free practice session immediately preceding Superpole, giving him hope of a good starting position.

However, while he made it through to Q2 comfortably, an electrical issue forced him to revert to his spare bike and with less confidence on the machine he could manage no higher than 11th position on the grid.

Even so, Rea is feeling happier on the revised CBR1000RR, giving him hope that he can fight for two good finishes come race day.

“It's been a tough day, really. First we had a breakdown this morning, which was followed by a crash on some oil or dust from an earlier crash. That cost us a lot of time but we were still pretty confident going into Superpole, especially after finishing second in the free practice just before.

“Then in Superpole two, I had some electrical problem with the number one machine and my confidence was not so good on the spare bike. However, the set-up feels much stronger than it's been for a while, so I'm really looking forward to the races.

“It's going to be tough getting anything from where I'm starting, so I'll need someone looking down and smiling on me tomorrow.”

Ten Kate Honda team-mates Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari, meanwhile, will start seventh and 16th after enduring mixed fortunes in qualifying.

“Carlos has done well over the weekend so far and I think he's the guy with the most 1'39s laps on paper,” said team manager Ronald ten Kate. “For tomorrow, I strongly believe he will be at the front immediately.

“Kiyo-san's Superpole was pretty much finished before it began when he crashed his number one machine in free practice. His second bike didn't give him quite the same confidence in the front and so he finds himself on the fourth row. He has shown what he can do though, so with a couple of good starts, he is capable of some solid results.

“We're definitely in a better position than we were in Valencia, but Superpole didn't quite bring us what we expected today.”

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Racefan - Unregistered

April 25, 2009 7:05 PM

Keep at it Jonathan, even with all the bad luck you're having it's still a very creditable performance for a WSB rookie. And when things start going right again, as they will, the champagne will taste that much sweeter.

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