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Rea focussed on races

The Ten Kate Honda rider expects to be challenging for victory come race in Portugal after qualifying in fifth place
Jonathan Rea is confident he will be in the hunt for victory at Portimao, despite missing out on the front row during qualifying for the second round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship.

The Northern Irishman looked well placed to challenge for pole position after almost breaking the lap record during Q2, but with no spare 'qualifying rubber' remaining for the shootout, he had to settle for an eventual fifth place.

Indeed, Rea, who suffered a high-speed off on Friday, points out he would be starting second had he produced a similar lap in Q3 as he did in Q2, but maintains it is in the race where he will make up ground on the Ten Kate Honda.

“I didn't time that very well, did I? My first qualifier in Superpole 2 just didn't work so I had to go out on the second and did my best time then, which would've put me second fastest. Grip levels have been down a bit since the test here and the track seems a little bumpier, especially in turns seven and fifteen, which is where I crashed yesterday.

“But I'll say that I'm satisfied, because I'm still rebuilding myself after the crash, the bike is not so bad and we're getting better at the one-lap wonders. The race is my thing though, and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow because we have a package that'll work for the duration.

“Our longer runs have shown that we should still have speed towards the end of the races. I'll have to work hard in the first few laps tomorrow and get away with the leading group. I'll then try to relax into a rhythm and, if we're still there by lap 10, we'll be in the hunt.”


Tagged as: Honda , superbikes , Ten Kate , Portimao

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