Troublesome Miller weekend for Rea

Chatter problems and two accidents leave Jonathan Rea with just a best of eighth in the USA.
Jonathan Rea is hoping Ten Kate Honda can cure the chatter problems that affected his weekend in the United States, the Northern Irishman managing a best finish of just eighth at Miller Motorsports Park.

Eager to replicate his podium finish from 2009, Rea struggled to get the CBR1000RR dialled in throughout the weekend, while his cause wasn't aided by a nasty accident during Superpole which left him nursing burns to his neck and face.

Things would go from bad to worse in race one when, whilst running fifth, he suffered a fall on lap four. Despite this, Rea bravely soldiered on to squeeze into the points in 14th place.

Rea started well in race two too, but despite 'big' changes to the bike beforehand, he would fade to an eventual eighth.

“It's quite hard to take many positives out of the weekend really,” he admitted. “We've had big problems all weekend and nothing we tried did anything to fix them. We made a big – and I mean BIG – change to the front of the bike for race two, but the characteristics were exactly the same.

“Unfortunately, I'm missing the first day of our test at Assen because I'm riding in the 300km race at Suzuka, but there's plenty for Max and the team to be working through. I really hope we can get something to take to the next race at Misano, because I have some great memories of that round last year.”

Ironically, despite scoring just ten points over the course of the day, Rea has actually stretched out into third position overall in the standings following Carlos Checa's double DNF.

Tagged as: Honda , Ten Kate

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June 02, 2010 11:17 AM
Last Edited 2281 days ago

As good a rider as Johnny is, i just hate seein this boy trying to push to the absolute limit of the CBR. C'mon Honda bloody hell, slap some HRC stickers on and come out with a full works effort none of this semi-factory nonsense. This team and this bloke need your help. And okay we know you want to have the Motogp crown back bad, but is it really that necessary spending millions and million on a casey or a jorge.....why not use some of the money to help develop the bike to be a little better?? wouldnt hurt right? i mean he is 3rd in the rankings Just a thought from a JR and Honda fan :)

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