Jonathan Rea was left feeling frustrated at the end of the fifth World Superbike Championship round at Donington Park after recurring electronic problems hampered his progress in both races.
The Ulsterman, a race winner at Donington Park last season, began brightly aboard the Pata Honda in race one, running a close second to Tom Sykes and setting the fastest lap of the race in the opening laps.
However, as the tyre began to wane during the second-half of the race, Rea began struggling with electronic problems, slipping back to fourth place at the chequered flag.
“I was pretty happy with my pace at the start of race one but, as soon as my tyre started to go, off the electronics were cutting too severely and I lost a lot of pace. I even struggled to compete with Laverty and Guintoli as they came past.
Worse was to follow in race two, however, when a sensor problem from the start would see him slip down the order and outside the top ten. Crossing the line in 11th place, Rea described it as the 'worst' 23 laps he has ever ridden.
“Race two was a complete disaster. Already, on the sighting lap, I told the guys that we had a sensor problem on the traction control. They said there wasn't enough time to fix it so I went out on a bike that I was really unsure of. In reality it was cutting way, way too much power and I even tried to turn the traction control off, but it wouldn't turn completely off. It was the worst 23 laps I've ever ridden.
“I'm really frustrated after all the work we've done – we struggled for dry time at the start of the weekend but made some inroads during warm-up this morning and I felt good in race one. I feel like we should have been on the podium twice today.”