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Rea, Honda back at the front in Italy

Jonathan Rea puts a Honda on the World Superbike front row for the first time since May with a fine run to second at Imola.
Following a lean few months, during which time it has failed to get onto the podium since Assen, Honda looks well placed to rediscover its front-running pace after Jonathan Rea put the Castrol-backed machine on the front row at Imola.

With Rea's recent wrist injury hurting Honda's mid-season results, the return of the Ulsterman, coupled to the introduction of the new ride-by-wire system on the CBR1000RR, has provided an immense boost for the team this weekend, culminating in his run to second on the grid.

Indeed, though Rea and Castrol Honda originally brought the new system as an opportunity to test it ahead of 2012, the benefits are already being reaped, Rea less than a tenth off pole position, much to his delight.

“We were nearly there! I made a mistake on my first lap in Superpole three and, although I had another go, I'd used up most of the tyre by then. But it's SO nice to be back here and, although Superpole is pretty minor compared to the races, we're in a good position, so I'm really looking forward to them.

“It's been a big journey to get here, recovering from injury with the help of medical staff and my family, but the team has also been working so hard with this new system. While I'm really looking forward to racing here at Imola tomorrow, we've got one eye on 2012 and I've a sneaking suspicion we can be quite competitive then as well.”



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Tax Dodger - Unregistered

September 25, 2011 7:36 AM

Rea does not deserve a chance in Motogp yet, he's 12th for god sake ! When and IF he puts together a decent season ala Davies in WSS he may get a ride in MotoGP, but there is a raft of young guns coming through Moto2 who will get rides first. As for being like Stoner he's not, Stoner was 20 in his first yr in Motogp, Rea is now 24. Cheers

Irish wrist watch - Unregistered

September 25, 2011 9:11 AM

I'd love to see Johnny get a win before the end of the season and i like him but, He is not in the same league as Stoner and the times he did when testing the RCV were not close to any of the HRC riders.



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