Although these are frustrating moments Rea recognises that he is better equipped to deal with the challenges than he would have been in the past. More than four years racing in World Superbikes has taught him that.
“It's not necessarily about being more mature. I've been there, I've crashed and I've crashed pretty hard. There's a point where you can't just ride into crashes anymore. The limit isn't 110%, it's 100% and I think growing up and maturing, I've been able to be more realistic. I ride and put as much effort in every time I ride the bike.
“Whenever I finished fifth or sixth I threw the toys out of the pram and kick and scream but now I realise we're here for a reason. I've got a team of great guys and we have to just be realistic. There are always tracks we're strong at and tracks we struggle at so it's just about working on that.”
Rea will start the second round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship from the third row in ninth place after being hampered by a wheel speed sensor in the critical SP3 session.
However, while the event has shown hints of progress with the Ulsterman bothering the top five throughout practice, he admits it's 'hard to say' where the team is realistically positioned.
“We know where we should be. I think they're scared to say it to me and I'm scared to say it to them. But realistically it's hard to say now. We have a lot of improving to do. In Australia we were eighth twice, we need to aim for inside the top five, that's a realistic target.”