WSBK Portimao: Rea back on podium in Portugal

Jonathan Rea scores his second World Superbike podium of the season at Portimao, but technical issues scupper a potentially better result on the day.
Though happy to be on the podium for only the second time this season, Jonathan Rea admits he is 'frustrated' to have once again failed to make the most of his full potential due to technical issues at Portimao.

The Pata Honda rider came into race day feeling confident after qualifying on the front row in third position, but a challenge for the podium during the first encounter would be scuppered by mechanical problems on lap nine.

Rea fared better in race two, shadowing leader Eugene Laverty early on, but while he would go on to finish in third position – claiming his seventh Portimao podium in 12 attempts -, the Ulsterman was disappointed that electronic gremlins are continuing to stymie his riding performance.

“It's been a frustrating weekend, yet again, but we have a podium to take away from it and I'm quite happy to get back into the podium way,” he said. “I set a really good pace in the first part of race two and the bike felt really good but, as soon as the grip dropped, the electronics were playing havoc.

“I can't turn the traction control up because I slow down even more and, if I turn it off, the bike becomes un-rideable. We're just waiting for some more input, but it hasn't come yet, which is frustrating.

“Race one was also disappointing because we're just having too many mechanical problems this year. It was frustrating to go through that when I was fighting in the top five and two good circuits for us have now been and gone and we haven't been able to capitalise.

“Imola is another strong circuit for us, so hopefully we can be back up here again. I want to thank Chris [Pike – crew chief] and everyone who keeps digging deep and working hard, and all the fans for their support, which means a lot at the moment when we're finding it tough.”

Rea's podium keeps him seventh in the standings, 14 points behind Kawasaki's Loris Baz.

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June 13, 2013 8:33 AM

It was a human error in the first lap! Something not secured properly that ended up in the engine where it shouldn't have been. It was electronics in the 2nd race that prevented Jonny from getting anywhere further than 3rd place - his electronics are causing loads of problems with the bike! I think it is time Jonathan Rea kicked Honda into touch and walked away as he is just wasting away on that thing. Honda don't seem to have a care !

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