Jonathan Rea says losing Kawasaki's perfect start to the season is less of a worry compared to the distance it finished behind double winner Chaz Davies at Aragon.
The defending World Superbike champions Kawasaki relinquished its 100% win record in 2016 after Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Davies stormed to two victories in Spain with Rea taking second in race one and third in race two.
The Northern Irish rider looked to have secured ideal damage limitation to his championship lead in Sunday's race running in second but four laps from the finish he suffered a rear-wheel lock-up and was forced off-track which enabled Tom Sykes to grab the runner-up spot.
Rea says taking two rostrum results is hardly a disappointing result, which ensures he maintains his perfect podium record in 2016, but is concerned about the race pace deficit suffered to the Ducati.
“Being second or third is not the issue it is being so far from the fight for the front,” Rea said. “There were some areas where we were struggling today. We just need more time with the new bike and it is a step-by-step process. When a tough weekend is second and third it is not so bad.
“It was a difficult race [two] because straight from the off we did not have so much grip in the rear and I was having to pick the bike up. When I back-shifted going into turn one with a few laps to go the rear locked and I could not stop, that was end of the chance to fight for second position today.”
Rea will take a 26-point lead over Davies to the fourth round of the 2016 World Superbike championship at Assen where he claimed a double victory last season.