A modest Jonathan Rea has declared himself 'quite satisfied' with his day's work despite topping both free practice sessions on the first day of World Superbike action at Motorland Aragon.
The Ulsterman comes to Spain looking to mount a more convincing podium challenge than he did at Phillip Island and he was certainly off to a good start as late flyers in both FP1 and FP2 left him top in the morning and afternoon.
Nonetheless, while Rea is happy with the 'base' settings on the PATA Honda, he says there is still work to be done on the engine braking, while he also needs to consider how a change in the race day schedule – which will see race one begin at 9.30am GMT – will have an effect too.
“I'm quite satisfied with today - it's been a really good start to the weekend for us. We've got quite a good base already, but I still need to work on optimising our engine braking quite a lot.
“The last time we were here it was quite good, but maybe a change in conditions has thrown some other issues into the mix. We can work a bit more on chassis settings tonight but, for day one, I'm quite happy with my out-and-out pace.
“With the change in race day schedule, we need to do a long run tomorrow morning to work with a cooler race-one temperature in mind. We've got two rear options to check and see if our preferred tyre will work in cooler conditions around 10.30. So, after a longer run in the morning, I'll get ready for Superpole.”