Jonathan Rea will start on the front row for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship, despite suffering from a series of problems with his Ten Kate Honda.
The Northern Irishman, a winner around the German circuit twelve months ago, cruised into SP3 but once there would lose time with a broken front-wheel speed sensor that put the traction control onto maximum to hinder, rather than help, him.
However, with the spare bike equipped with an 'experimental' set-up, he could only manage a time good enough for fifth, though he would be promoted to the front row in fourth when James Toseland was penalised.
“Bit of an eventful Superpole 3 that one! I think a front wheel speed sensor broke and sent the traction control flat out and it wouldn't let the bike push forward. I even thought it might be running out of petrol because I was struggling to get back to the pits.
So I came in but we didn't have any more tyres left so we put the old set into the spare bike, which still had an experimental setting from free practice. But all in all I think our pace is OK,
“I'm really enjoying riding and the bike's good. I think we've got pace at the end of the race, which is important. There are some guys who are very fast over one lap, but it's the race that counts and that's tomorrow. I think I did that time on a qualifier that had six laps on it, so I'm pretty happy with the front row.”