5 May 2012
Rea hoping for a dry Monza race
Jonathan Rea is hoping for dry races at Monza, but the forecasts suggest more showers for race day...
Jonathan Rea admits he would rather not be racing at Monza in the wet, the Ulsterman conceding he isn't comfortable around the high-speed Italian circuit in such conditions.
The Honda rider, a winner last time out at Assen, will start the two races from fifth position on the grid after tip-toeing his wet-rubber shod CBR1000RR around a very slippery Monza in what was a trecherous Superpole session.
However, despite his good form, Rea is hoping the rain holds off for race day in order for him to fully enjoy the iconic high-speed circuit, which is renowned for its high octane racing.
“I was quite happy with that as qualifying was held in really difficult conditions,” he said. “In the end we decided to go out on an intermediate tyre but, seeing as that tyre is made from very hard rubber, it was quite difficult to find grip. Maybe we could have been a bit braver but, anyway, fifth is a good spot to start on the grid.
“It's on the left side, albeit on row two, and my gameplan tomorrow is just to get stuck in and see what happens. It's going to be a classic Monza tactical race, with slipstreaming and everything, which should be fun, but my target is to be in the lead bunch and work it out from there.
“My hope is that the weather is dry because I'm not comfortable racing in the wet. The wet tyre won't survive any more than three laps for any rider and, in intermediate conditions, it's a case of who wants to take the most risk. So, for me, the best racing for the fans and for fun, will be in the dry.”
Despite Rea's hopes, weather forecasts for Monza on Sunday remain similar to that of Saturday with intermittent showers throughout the day.
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