Jonathan Rea has apologised to his Ten Kate Honda team for not performing better during the World Superbike races at Magny-Cours, despite finishing third in the second race of the day.
Having qualified second on the grid, Rea was confident he could challenge for victory in both races, but while he got as high as second on each occasion, he couldn't convert it into a win.
Indeed, Rea didn't get beyond the seventh lap in race one after a mechanical problem forced him to retire, but while he would recover to finish third during the second encounter, he was disappointed that his durability would let him down in the latter stages.
“All weekend we've had a good pace but it just seems that, come the first race, we couldn't put it together,” he said. “I'm really sorry for the team because I take a lot of the blame for that. It put me out of my rhythm and then I got a bit of arm pump towards the end of race two.
“I was running with the guys at the front until about five laps from the end because the package we had here was as strong as at Imola last week. We'll regroup back at the workshop and come back strong for Portimao.”
Rea's retirement in race one, coupled to a double podium finish for Max Biaggi, means he has dropped to fifth in the overall standings with 14 points to make up in just two races.