Jonathan Rea says a front row start for the seventh round of the 2012 eni World Superbike Championship at Misano is the perfect response to the accident at the circuit that destroyed his 2011 campaign.
The Honda rider, who has finished inside the top four in five of the last six races, has been in fine form at Misano all weekend, Rea refusing to flinch at memories of the horrific crash at turn 11 that left him with a broken wrist last season.
Safely making it through to the shootout in a damp-to-dry session that caught out several of his title rivals, Rea went on to qualify second on the grid.
Though he wasn't terribly pleased with his qualifying set-up, Rea was otherwise happy to be on the front row at a circuit that hasn't been kind to him since he broke his WSBK victory duck in 2009.
“We need to work a bit on a qualifying set-up, because it was the exact same situation at Miller. In the last sector I had so much chatter with the qualifier, but luckily we don't have to race on that. Front row though, I like that!
“I'm happy with a clear view into turn one, but that was an unbelievable lap from Tom [Sykes]. He's exceptional at qualifying and a he's a good racer, so we'll see if we can take it to him tomorrow.
“My race tyre feels good and, although some of my championship rivals didn't have a good session, we'll just have to see what happens tomorrow. My season almost finished at turn 11 here last year, so to come back and qualify on the front row and to feel strong for tomorrow makes me very happy.”