Jonathan Rea concedes he is unsure of his race day prospects ahead of the latest World Superbike Championship round at Brno, despite qualifying on the front row of the grid.
Rea's appearance at the front of the field during Superpole came as a surprise, with the Northern Irishman having spent the majority of the weekend languishing outside the top ten while his team-mate Carlos Checa
battled it out with the leaders.
Nonetheless, it was Rea flying the Ten Kate Honda flag when it mattered, sneaking into the shootout and going on to join Ben Spies, Michel Fabrizio
and Max Biaggi
on the front row of the grid.
However, despite his favourable position, a lack of long distance testing is proving a cause for concern for Rea.
“In free practice, just before Superpole, we found something in between the two set-ups we were trying. It worked during Superpole and then I was able to set a good time on a race tyre. It's no secret we were struggling during the weekend and, although I'm now happy I can do good laps on a race tyre, I haven't been able to do a long run. But at least I can sleep a little more happily tonight.
“It shows how hard the team has been working. I feel like I'm really finding my feet on the Superbike now and I'm enjoying life! I hope we can keep the momentum going through to the end of the season. I now know I can race tomorrow, so I'm really looking forward to it.”