Rea out to make up for lost points at Donington

Jonathan Rea eyes a strong challenge at Donington Park after his faltering start to the season at Phillip Island.
Jonathan Rea is looking forward to getting his World Superbike Championship campaign properly underway at Donington Park following his turbulant week in Australia.

The Northern Irishman was almost forced to miss the season opener at Phillip Island after injuring his wrist during a high-speed accident in the run up to the event, but he soldiered on to score a two points' finishes, including a fourth position in race two.

With a month between events to recover, Rea says he is almost back to full fitness and ready to challenge for victory in front of the local fans.

"I'm in pretty good shape after quite a painful start to the season in Australia, but I've spent the last three weeks working hard on my training and having a lot of physio.

"I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to ride pain-free at the weekend but the strange thing is that I wasn't too uncomfortable on the bike in Australia, despite the injuries – it was the aches and pains getting out of bed in the morning that I struggled with!

"I'm looking forward to getting to Donington though; it's a circuit I know really well and we have some good data from before. I can't wait to see the new layout of the chicane and it's really good to have the first European round at home where a lot of my friends and family can come and support.

"To improve what's already a great all-round package, the guys back at the workshop have found some things to get a little more out of the Fireblade since we got back so I'm hoping for a really good weekend."

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TDS - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 11:13 AM

@ Realistic Fan - For God's sake, such negativity is depressing!! What do you want? You are the type that would make derogatory remarks if a rider like Jonny, didn't make any effort and just hung back instead of going for it and trying as hard as he could !! Racing is about trying to win - at all costs sometimes, so give J.R. some praise for doing exactly that! Can you imagine if riders thought "OOh, I might fall off if I go a bit faster", or "Better keep away from that group in front,I might not be able to cope with them and er, might fall off"!!!!!!!!!!!!! "I'll just stay at the back, out of any trouble"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TDS - Unregistered

March 23, 2011 10:49 AM

So pleased to hear Jonathan is back to being 100% fit. I have been a fan of his since his B.S.B. days and have always known he had good things ahead of him. If there is one rider out there that you can guarantee will give his all on race day, it is Jonathan Rea and I am looking forward to watching him do exactly that on Sunday! Go Jonny, Go Jonny, Go Jonny, Go Jonny, GO GO GO !!!

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