Jonathan Rea has thanked the Ten Kate Honda team for retaining their 'belief' in him after claiming a career-best second position on the grid for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Misano.
Rea missed out on a maiden pole position by just two tenths of a second following an immensely successful Superpole that had him top both knockout phases before losing out to Jakub Smrz at the crucial moment.
Nonetheless, on the weekend that Ten Kate Honda have chosen the 'difficult path' in defecting to Ohlins suspension for the first time, Rea was thrilled with his continued trajectory into the upper echelons on the WSBK order.
“I can't thank the crew enough for working so hard this week. We got some new hardware to try at Magny-Cours and it's been a bit of a rush to get everything together. In the last couple of sessions we managed to find some times and that's given us a good starting position, which is what we needed and were aiming for.
“I want to thank the Ten Kate team for the belief they've had in me over the last few races – we're really moving forward now and it's a real buzz.
Looking ahead to the races, Rea is confident there is plenty more to come from the new suspension.
“We're not anywhere near the limit with the new suspension yet and there's still a lot more we can do. So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and just hope it's dry to give all the fans some really good races.”
Team manager Ronald ten Kate was also full of praise for the Northern Irishman, particularly given the decision to switch suspension suppliers.
"As anyone can understand, we chose a very difficult path for this weekend in Misano. But already, at this early stage, we can definitely say that we've made a step forward. A lot of credit has to go to Andreani Group for making our transition to Ohlins so smooth.
"For sure, we still have a long night ahead of us because we're still at the very early stages of machine set-up, but it's good to have both Hannspree riders in the front two rows and to have them in such good shape for tomorrow's races."