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Rea unhappy with French performance

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.



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"The boy who cried wolf. Always out of control always someone elses fault." Did you even read the article, do you have a sufficient attention span to enable you to do so? He apologised to the team for not doing a better job this weekend and then a mindless idiot like you comes out with a statement like that. Words fail me sometimes.

Racefan - Unregistered

October 04, 2009 7:21 PM

Want to see how a professional athlete should behave, well look no further. First race problems were no fault of his and second race, well not a win but still the only other guy fit to run the pace of Haga and Max. Well done Jonathan, you're a credit to the sport and your wee country. Oh, and as for Haga. I'm not a fan and would much prefer to see Spies get the title but those were two excellent rides today. Dare I even say, a performance worthy of a champion????



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