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Rea back in action after Nurburgring spill

'Now I'm looking forward to another test at Jerez where I hope my physical condition can be a little stronger' - Jonathan Rea
Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea returned to action during a two-day test last week at Motorland Aragon in Spain for the first time since breaking his femur in a crash at the Nurburgring in September.

Rea missed the final four rounds of the World Superbike Championship as a result of the injury and hopes his fitness will have improved further ahead of next week's final test at Jerez prior to the onset of the winter ban.

The 26-year-old focused on developing the electronics system on the Fireblade and a variety of chassis settings at Aragon along with team-mate Leon Haslam.

Rea said: “We worked a lot on electronics to give me confidence to ride how I want. We also tried some chassis set-ups around the 2014-spec Ohlins front forks, which were interesting.

“I'm satisfied with our work and I enjoyed riding a lot. Now I'm looking forward to another test at Jerez where I hope my physical condition can be a little stronger than it has been here.”

Rea finished ninth overall in the championship standings, taking a victory at Silverstone in August.




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motomark1

November 22, 2013 6:51 PM

I always feel so bad for Johnny. He's such a talented rider, but he has to ride that Honda on the limit all the time to get a good result. Sometimes he pushes it over the limit and I worry about his safety. I wish he was on a better bike so we could see how he really measures up against the top riders.

Joeski

November 23, 2013 8:10 PM

Rea is a class rider... just not sure he is motogp title quality but certainly he is as deserving as some of the other riders that are not Lorenzo, Dani or MM. With that opinion, I will say with him sticking out with this Honda, it is impossible to know his true potential but I believe he can take a WSBK title (albeit on a different bike). Sometimes I argue with myself...lol because he was faster than Cal in my opinion and Cal is doing well in GP so I guess there is no reason to say he should not be there.



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