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WSBK Lausitz, Germany: False neutral gremlins cause of Rea fall

Jonathan Rea says hitting a false neutral was the cause for his crash at the Lausitzring and his Kawasaki team will run a full investigation into the issue.
Jonathan Rea says hitting a false neutral was the cause for his crash in race one at the Lausitzring and his Kawasaki team will run a full investigation to avoid the issue as he looks to battle back in Germany for race two.

The defending World Superbike champion saw his lead slashed to 26 points with his Kawasaki team-mate finishing second to Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Chaz Davies after false neutral engine problems returned for the Northern Irish rider.

On lap six under braking into turn 10 Rea appeared to lock-up with his Kawasaki ZX-10R jolting which sent him tumbling off the bike. Rea has confirmed it was caused by the return of false neutral gremlins which reared up at Donington Park and at other rounds this year.

“It is a very disappointing way to end the first race. I had a good start and settled into a rhythm behind Tom, but Chaz Davies' pace saw him in a different race,” Rea, who had been running in third before his off, said. “I found a false neutral entering turn 10 and tried to get it into first gear before the corner. Right at the exit of the track it went into first gear and high-sided.

“I was not injured in the crash. This is the first time that my Alpinestars air-bag race suit has been called on to go off, so I was happy to be protected by that.”

Looking to solve the issues ahead of race two at the German round, Rea says the team will run a thorough analysis and aim to cure the bike of its issue to enable him to battle back.

“We will think about what we need to do to improve the bike a little again tomorrow,” he said. “I need to understand what the bike needs now, especially under acceleration. It is a frustrating way to end the first race day but we still have the championship lead, which is important.”
by Haydn Cobb



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HRC

September 17, 2016 10:52 PM

This has to be something peculiar to the way Rea uses the gearbox/shifter. Too light a tap of the gear lever, incorrect footrest hight/angle, it could even be the shape of his boots but something must be wrong somewhere as this is the 3rd/4th time this has happened. No problems for Sykes and there is no way Rea is on the same engine as when he first had this issue, and as the gearbox is integral with the engine I just can't see it being mechanical gremlins, it has to be a Rae issue imo. The sound was a false neutral and the ensuing grinding of gears, then a massive whine from the tortured clutch as it tried to match the rear wheel speed to the engine RPM which was way way to low by the time the gear finally engaged.

SoSlo

September 17, 2016 9:00 PM

did anybody notice the clip earlier in the race with Rea's on-board and i could have sworn there some awfully loud racket coming from the bike... it sounded like a ducati dry clutch at a stoplight



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