Hannspree Ten Kate Honda's WSBK rookie Jonathan Rea finished round two of the 2009 world championship in 12th and eighth places, after a 'weird weekend' in Qatar.

Having been near the top of the timing sheets during practice and regular qualifying, Rea was caught out during the knockout Superpole session and forced to start from just 17th on the grid.

The 22-year-old was determined to fight his way forward on race day, but struggled with arm pump in race one before an improved, if 'lonely' performance in race two.

"Today has been one of mixed emotions - in fact, it's been quite a weird weekend," said Rea. "We were right up there on Friday and Saturday morning, but went the wrong way and Superpole was not good.

"So, we went back to Friday's settings for the races today and I got a pretty good start in the first one, but got bad arm pump. The guys in the Clinica Mobile sorted it out for race two and everything felt much better; but from 17th on the grid, I couldn't quite catch the leading group so I had quite a lonely race.

"I had one or two moments with the front, but I'm happy with the way I rode and I'm looking forward to Valencia now," he concluded.

"Jonathan rode well in the second race and showed that he's starting to find better race-craft, being new to the class," stated team manager Ronald ten Kate.

Rea now sits eighth in the championship heading to round three and is nine points clear of race-winning team-mates Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari.



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