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Rea confirms place on grid after heavy crash

'That wasn't part of the plan. Pushing that little bit too hard and had a big high-side' - Jonathan Rea on Twitter
Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea has confirmed he will be fit to compete in tomorrow's second round of the World Superbike Championship at Imola in Italy.

Rea suffered a sickening high-side during the final Superpole session today as he was chasing a hot lap on his factory Honda CBR1000RR.

The 25-year-old was spat off the machine high into the air and landed heavily on his back, but amazingly was able to walk away from the incident.

On his official Twitter account, @johnathanrea, he later revealed he would be fine to take his place in seventh position on the grid on Sunday.

“That wasn't part of the plan. Pushing that little bit too hard and had a big high-side. Thanks to Alpinestars and Arai for keeping me safe!

“I've read all my mentions and want to thank you for your well wishes. As usual I will do my best tomorrow,” wrote Rea.

Kawasaki's Tom Sykes put in a red-hot lap of 1m 46.748s to claim pole, just under a second faster than Rea's best effort before his chances were halted prematurely.



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Ridgeracer - Unregistered

March 31, 2012 8:18 PM

Even as a diehard Honda and Rea fan, its not hard to see that the man is clearly overriding the bike. I agree with the people on here, I think next year its time to move on from Honda ... he is just far too good to be languishing around. Immense talent, just needs a proper bike

Rea Fan - Unregistered

March 31, 2012 8:09 PM

Pushing too hard again. Having to over ride to try and compensate for an aged bike. Where will you be next year Jonny? Surely your loyalty to Honda can only stretch so far! It's been six months since Rea impressed with his come back ride at Imola and look how they've fallen behind since.



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