Jonathan Rea says there is much work to be done to the Honda's new electronics package if he is to mount a challenge for the 2013 World Superbike Championship title after struggling for pace at Phillip Island.
On the weekend he started his 100th WSBK race, Rea endured two disappointing races as he was never factored into the lead fight, the Ulsterman picking up a pair of eighth places, some 17 seconds behind the leaders.
Once more identifying the new electronics on his Pata Honda as he reason for his relative lack of pace, though Rea admits there are too many inconsistencies with the throttle and the traction control, he remains confident that the changes will yield more positive results in the future.
“It's been a strange weekend, and it's frustrating for us all to look at the classifications and see where we are because I don't feel that it's a true reflection of where we deserve to be,” he said. “On the other side of that, it's clear how much effort we're going to have to put in to make the electronics better. It's our main problem right now because back at the team's workshop we found a little bit of power for the engine for this event and I know there's another plan to develop that.
“It's clear we need to make a couple of steps forward and bypass where we were the electronics last year. I feel there's a light at the end of the tunnel though because I've already got some positive feelings with the new system.
“There are just a few inconsistencies when getting on the throttle with the traction control cutting in and holding back the engine. We made some positive steps with the bike between race one and two, and we've got a three-day test at Aragon, which we really need. Two finishes is always the aim for the first race, but we leave here still with work to do.”