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.”