Frustrating Aragon test for Pata Honda team

Little progress was made in Aragon for the Pata Honda Team

Photo: Pata Honda

Pata Honda teammates Leon Haslam and Jonathon Rea finish a three day test at Motorland Aragon feeling frustrated after little progress is made ahead of the second race of the season at the circuit in just over a weeks time.

The all British team used the track time to concentrate on fine tuning the electronics on their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade’s, But rain on the final day and strong winds hindered the World Superbike teammates and restricted track time available. 

Haslam, who lies 7th in the world championship said “It’s been a frustrating few days actually because we haven’t been able to move the new electronics on from where we were in Australia in the first round. The weather today didn’t help either and there’s a lot more work to do before we’re ready to challenge properly next weekend when we come back to Aragon for round two. Physically, I’m feeling good after the recent operation on the foot I broke last year, so I’m ready to do some more testing before then!”

Jonathon Rea is a place ahead of Leon in the championship standings in 6th, has similar feelings “I did a back-to-back comparison with last year’s electronics and it’s easy to see the potential that the new system has. However, the teething problems we had in Australia don’t seem to have gone away so we haven’t got as much out of this test as we wanted. We’ve got another couple of days testing at Alcarras next week, which will be really useful. We’ve also got some good brains working on the system, so we know there’s more to come.”
Development on the electronics will continue for the team next week at the Alcarras circuit on Sunday and Monday at an additional test, before returning to Aragon for round two of the World Superbike championship. 

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