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Rea shrugs off Superpole tumble

Jonathan Rea shrugs off his fall during the Superpole at Phillip Island, insisting he can still target good results from 12th on the grid.
Jonathan Rea says he has plenty of positives to take into the opening round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship, despite the Superpole crash that leaves has left him 12th on the grid.

The Ulsterman is already battling through the pain barrier as a legacy of the wrist injury sustained earlier this week, but did himself few favours with a tumble at the final bend during SP2.

Dislocating his finger again, though Rea put it back into place on his return to the pit lane, his efforts to get into SP3 aboard the spare Castrol Honda were scuppered by a mistake into the first bend.

Even so, despite finding himself on the outside of the third row, Rea was philosophical about his day, conceding he is feeling some pain but adding the bike is displaying good race pace.

“It would probably be easier to tell you which bits don't hurt but, on a positive note, we were able to confirm that our chosen tyre works in warmer conditions. When I put my first qualifier in it was hooking up really well but I was getting stuck behind a slower rider on my fast lap and I went a little bit deep into the last turn and caught some bumps. I lost the front and went down but got back to the box with enough time go out on the other bike.

“To be honest, I missed my apex on turn one and that was the lap finished. Tomorrow's a new day and I'll try to take some positives out of all this. The bike's feeling good and I haven't done any further damage, which is a big bonus.

“It's the first round of the championship so we'll just dig deep for a couple of decent points-scoring finishes tomorrow, see where we end up and put last few days behind us.”



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Mack - Unregistered

February 26, 2011 12:11 PM

Rea needs to chill out and calm down. Sure he has talant, but is not is mature enough to know when he should take a step back. he will never be champ if he cannot do this. He is clearly injured, so he needs to ride differently. He cannot expect to ride as normal under these circumstances. Calm down and stay on the bike. Bring a few points home and after this weekend, use that month to get fully fit ready for round 2.

TDS - Unregistered

February 26, 2011 2:38 PM

For Gods sake give him some credit!! Just looking at him shows that he doesn't give up regardless of how battered and bruised he is! This young man is one of the best things in W.S.B. and all some people can do is critisize and be disrespectfull. Jonathan Rae is a brilliant rider who gives everything he can - always! He never gives up and that's what also makes a champion. To say he isn't the smartest is ridiculous and insulting and must come from someone who hasn't much idea themselves!! Jonathan Rea shows what racing is all about.



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