EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Rea talks electronics, progress

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.”

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rab 27 - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 11:36 AM

the ten kate lads do a great job,but the bike hasnt improved enough to be relation to the other teams the honda has gotten slower. the ten kate guys are obviously frustrated,but wasting a whole day telling the HRC guys( that were sent to try and help) that there was an electronics problem when in actual fact it was a rear brake binding issue shows they are maybe not as receptive to others ideas as they should be in their current position. and cosworth electronics,a car based system that has to be used on a very different way,with technicians that understand the very different challenge bikes and their riders present over cars is very surprising. dedicated bike systems would have been a far better option. for me its almost unbeleivable the "honda" wsbk effort is at its current level. i just hope jonny rea has been well compensated for wasting the most important part of his career in the ten kate team. he certainly cant complain about it,if he really wanted to d

rab 27 - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 11:38 AM

continued from above if he really wanted to do better he would have moved to another team a few seasons ago,so in this case it looks like the money is more important than the winning.

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