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From MotoGP to WSBK in a week for Rea

Jonathan Rea reverts back to World Superbike Championship action at Portimao following the first of his anticipated MotoGO outings at Misano.
Jonathan Rea is setting his sights on a successful return to World Superbike Championship action at Portimao following his solid MotoGP debut at Misano over the weekend.

Rea made his long-awaited MotoGP debut in the San Marino Grand Prix aboard the factory-backed Repsol Honda, the Ulsterman going on to finish in eighth position.

Expected to remain on board for the next couple of MotoGP rounds until the injured Casey Stoner returns, Rea will in the meantime return to more familiar Honda CBR1000RR machinery at Portimao, the penultimate round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship.

Scene of his WSBK debut four years ago, Rea feels his decent form around the circuit in seasons gone by will make him a contender this weekend.

“I'm really looking forward to this weekend because I love riding at Portimao – it's a very challenging circuit from a rider's point of view. It's also where I had my first World Superbike race so it holds some special memories for me.

“We made some positive steps with the Fireblade at Nurburgring but there's still lots more to do, especially with the electronics, working on acceleration on the side of the tyre to improve corner exit. We also need to develop the engine characteristics to smooth out the power delivery, so there's a bit to do.

“It certainly won't be easy but I think we can approach the weekend with some confidence in our challenge because the bike has gone well at Portimao in the past and I have a pretty good connection with the circuit.


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Jonathan Rea, German WSBK Race 2 2012
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Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
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Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014

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herewego - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 8:34 AM

The people that constantly harp on about Jonny being a crasher must be watching something completely different to what I watch when Jonny races! Jonny has been involved in incidents where he has crashed out, but most of the time it hasn't been his fault! Also, he has to push his bike so hard, he ends up crashing because he takes it over the limit! This is how determined a rider Jonathan Rea is, he is not a "crasher" his is a battler and a racer ! There is a big difference between a reckless rider that ends up crashing and a rider that is going for a gap, going for a better position, going for a win - that is what racing is all about otherwise we wouldn't watch it!! Jonathan Rea is one of the best!!!!

Skiwi-1 - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 10:52 AM

Interesting times for Johnny Rea in his racing career and life. I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing him a successful continuation to the series of recent events. Keep your head down and do the right thing Johnny and you can do more than that. Enjoy the journey and best of luck :-)



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