Jonathan Rea has expressed an increasing frustration with his PATA Honda following another disappointing World Superbike race day at Misano, the Ulsterman admitting he is beginning to sound like a 'broken record' with his comments about persistent set-up issues..

Since his trio of consecutive wins at Assen and Imola, Rea has struggled to mount a challenge for the WSBK podium, his unwavering consistency nonetheless tempered with a lack of front-running pace on a bike that he is struggling to get working.

Having made several references to issues with electronics and engine braking this year alone, Rea was once again left behind by the leaders at Misano as he battled hard for sixth and fifth place finishes whilst riding to the best of his package.

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Indeed, Rea says the team is 'under-achieving right now' and insists it isn't enough to simply hope the bike will work better at future rounds.

"It's been a disappointing weekend for me because it feels like we've made zero progress here," he lamented. "It was frustrating to be unable to pinpoint and fix the problems we've had and, while I don't want to sound like a broken record, I feel a bit like one with my comments in the garage.

"We were able to salvage a top five in race two after some brave passing in the fast parts of the circuit but the group at the front was too far away. I can only ride the bike as well as it's working, but I want to be able to race it again. We can't just hope that the next round will be better; we need to evaluate what's been going wrong and try to find some different solutions.

"It's been frustrating for the whole team because I know we haven't been able to get the best out of the CBR this weekend. I know that on the right day and in the right environment, the bike is capable of much, much more. The whole team feels like we're under-achieving right now so we need to do our homework and fix things as quickly as possible."

Despite his troubles, Rea remains an outside bet for the 2014 WSBK title, his consistency in finishing ensuring he remains fourth overall, 52 points off the lead but only 13 points from second.


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I've never been too sure why so many people seem to rate Rea.
Taking BSB, WSB & MotoGP wild-card rides his record is 18 wins from 168 starts and never won a championship.
Frankly this is not the sort of form / record to convince anyone that he has a future in MotoGP.
Compared to some of the hot Moto2 riders coming up such as Tito Rabat, Rea simply isn't in the same league.