Jonathan Rea says his bike is not where he had hoped it would be following a series of updates over the winter, the Pata Honda rider pointing to 'inconsistent' electronics for stymieing his confidence at Phillip Island.
The Ulsterman has struggled to mount a consistent challenge towards the front of the field since the opening round at the Australian circuit got underway, the experienced Honda racer currently being out-performed by new team-mate Leon Haslam.
Eventually qualifying in ninth place just behind Haslam, Rea admits he has had to devote time to ironing out the electronics issues on his machine and is now concerned that he hasn't focused enough on setting the CBR1000RR up for the races.
“We're not where we wanted to be because we had a lot of hopes and expectations that the changes to the bike over the winter would have given us a step forward. Compared to our competitors, we're still in a relatively early stage of developing this new electronics package and, for now, it's not really consistent enough to give me the confidence to push.
“That has also limited the amount of time we've been able to spend on finding some distance for the tyre and that's still a concern for tomorrow's races. My frustration is showing in my riding and we've struggled to move forward.”
Despite his frustrations, Rea remains fully confident his Pata Honda team will help him find a breakthrough in time for the races.
“I do have confidence in my crew though, and their determination to keep searching for something that will allow us to get something out of tomorrow's two races. We'll look through everything again tonight and come back relaxed in the morning ready hopefully to enjoy two 22-lap races.”