Jonathan Rea says his early FP2 crash “caught me off guard” and is keen to look over his Kawasaki team’s data to understand the fall.

The triple World Superbike champion clinched the 2017 title last time out in Magny-Cours and is targeting a strong finish to the year with victories at Jerez and Losail – circuits the Northern Irish rider has never won at.

Despite topping Friday practice at the Spanish circuit Rea suffered a high-side off at turn eight on his first flying lap in FP2 which he was able to walk away from without injury. Rea says the fall came as a complete surprise having not changed anything drastic to his set-up or attack into the corner and is eager to understand what caused the fall.

“I had a strange crash, only on my second lap this afternoon, not doing anything silly,” Rea said. “So it caught me off guard a little bit. We need to understand the data more. The bike was quickly fixed and we were able to get 20 solid minutes of track time in at the end, which were important.”

Rea was still able to top both practice sessions at Jerez thanks to his best time set in FP1 of 1m 40.291s – while he also topped FP2 outright – as he focuses on a maiden win at Jerez.

“The bike worked well today. We made a long stop in the first pit stop this morning, understood the bike and made some good changes,” he said. “I then went out and I felt confident with the bike.

“Step by step we are getting into an area where we can start to use the softer rear tyre, and that is fine. We need to understand the front tyres a bit more now.”


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