WSBK » 06 August 2012
Rea scores well despite two crashes
Jonathan Rea crashes in both World Superbike Championship races at Silverstone, but still claims a fourth and ninth place result.
Jonathan Rea admits he is happy to be leaving Silverstone with a fourth and a ninth place finish after suffering a crash in each race.
The Ulsterman has endured a tricky weekend around his home circuit, Rea struggling with the set-up of his Honda during free practice and qualifying, but the onset of changeable weather would play him into contention.
Indeed, Rea had to come from a long way back in race one after running wide on the exit of Arena and dropping to last, but with rain descending in the final laps, he forged his way up the order to enter the final lap in second place.
In the end, Rea was muscled out of the position by both Loris Baz and Ayrton Badovini, before then being wiped out by the latter crashing directly in front of him as they crossed the finish line. Despite the spectacular incident, Rea was unhurt and had just passed the line before coming off.
“Race one was just crazy but I enjoyed it because I knew it would be tough to race for a win, but we genuinely had a shot at it there! I got a bit wide at turn five on the first lap and the rear came round when I hit the kerb and I was dead last. But I never gave up and it was nice to be in the hunt for the win until the last corner, which gave me motivation for race two.
Reflecting on race two, Rea's plan was to preserve his tyres early and come on strong in the second half, but would suffer a costly crash just before the race was red flagged. Though he was reinstated to ninth on count-back, Rea was frustrated that another rear-tyre influenced accident would send him off.
“That was really strange starting on full wets when the track wasn't completely wet – it was difficult for everyone though,” he added. “I was looking after my tyre at the beginning, which is why I was so far back, but when the monsoon came I started to push a little bit. My crash, like pretty much everybody else's out there happened on the rear tyre, which had no grip.
“There have been so many crashes in the wet like that this year - off the gas, at the apex – it's getting a bit frustrating. Overall, we took points out of the championship leaders, so it's not been a bad job today. To come away with a fourth and a ninth is better than I expected last night, so we'll take these results and move on.”
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